Recent Progress in the Development of Diagnostic Tests for Malaria
AbstractThe impact of malaria on global health has continually prompted the need to develop effective diagnostic strategies. In malaria endemic regions, routine diagnosis is hampered by technical and infrastructural challenges to laboratories. These laboratories lack standard facilities, expertise or diagnostic supplies; thus, therapy is administered based on clinical or self-diagnosis. There is the need for accurate diagnosis of malaria due to the continuous increase in the cost of medication, and the emergence and spread of drug resistant strains. However, the widely utilized Giemsa-stained microscopy and immunochromatographic tests for malaria are liable to several drawbacks, including inadequate sensitivity and false-positive outcomes. Alternative methods that offer improvements in performance are either expensive, have longer turnaround time or require a level of expertise that makes them unsuitable for point-of-care (POC) applications. These gaps necessitate exploration of more efficient detection techniques with the potential of POC applications, especially in resource-limited settings. This minireview discusses some of the recent trends and new approaches that are seeking to improve the clinical diagnosis of malaria. View Full-Text
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Krampa, F.D.; Aniweh, Y.; Awandare, G.A.; Kanyong, P. Recent Progress in the Development of Diagnostic Tests for Malaria. Diagnostics 2017, 7, 54.
Krampa FD, Aniweh Y, Awandare GA, Kanyong P. Recent Progress in the Development of Diagnostic Tests for Malaria. Diagnostics. 2017; 7(3):54.Chicago/Turabian Style
Krampa, Francis D.; Aniweh, Yaw; Awandare, Gordon A.; Kanyong, Prosper. 2017. "Recent Progress in the Development of Diagnostic Tests for Malaria." Diagnostics 7, no. 3: 54.
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