Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria

Malaria is a serious and sometimes lethal disease caused by a parasite. The parasite infects certain mosquitos, which can later mosquito-719613_640transmit the disease to humans while feeding on them. The disease is much more common in South Asia and Africa. About 1,500–2,000 cases of malaria are reported every year in America, and almost all are in people who have recently traveled.  The disease now occurs in more than 90 countries worldwide, and it is estimated that there are over 500 million clinical cases and 2.7 million malaria-caused deaths per year.

Symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, nausea and sweating. Although clinically indistinguishable from many other diseases, malaria is a curable disease if the patient has access to an early diagnosis and treatment.

A malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) can aid in the diagnosis of malaria by identifying a presence of malaria antigens in the human blood. It can detect Plasmodium falciparum or one of the other three species of human malaria, providing results in 15-20 minutes. Due to the variation in parasite species, different RDTs may be appropriate in different settings. All positive RDTs should be followed by microscopy.

For more information about Malaria Rapid Tests click here or please contact our Customer Service Representatives at 818-591-3030.

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