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J Clin Microbiol. 2017 Jul;55(7):2009-2017. doi: 10.1128/JCM.02562-16. Epub 2017 Apr 12.

Update on Malaria Diagnostics and Test Utilization.

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1
Parasitology and Fecal Testing Laboratory, Infectious Disease Division, ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
2
Division of Clinical Microbiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA pritt.bobbi@mayo.edu.

Abstract

Malaria is a potentially life-threatening disease requiring rapid diagnosis and treatment. Although microscopic examination of thick and thin blood films remains the gold standard for laboratory diagnosis, rapid antigen tests and nucleic acid amplification methods may also play a useful role in detection of acute infection. This review discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the commonly used diagnostic methods and provides important practice points for optimal malaria test utilization.

KEYWORDS:

diagnostics; malaria; utilization

PMID:
28404673
PMCID:
PMC5483902
DOI:
10.1128/JCM.02562-16
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