n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Malaria rapid diagnostic tests : a revolution and challenge for management of febrile disease
|Article Title||Malaria rapid diagnostic tests : a revolution and challenge for management of febrile disease|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Author||Leigh Dini and David Bell|
|Publication Date||Jun 2008|
|Pages||297 - 298|
Febrile patients in malaria-endemic areas need rapid and accurate diagnosis to ensure prompt access to antimalarial treatment to avoid severe disease. As most fevers in malaria-endemic areas of South Africa are not caused by malaria, and symptom-based diagnosis is highly nonspecific, rapid demonstration of the presence or absence of malaria parasites reduces delays in appropriate management of non-malarial fever, saves resources by reducing use of antimalarial drugs, and helps to determine true malaria prevalence. The introduction of malaria antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) has extended the possibility of such accurate, rapid diagnosis to the whole population for the first time.
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