Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria -- Haiti, 2010

Existe, A.; Freeman, N.; Boncy, J.; Marloire, R.; Vely, J.-F.; Chang, M.; Bishop, H.; De Oliveira, A. Macedo; McMorrow, M.; Dasilva, A.; Barnwell, J.; Slutsker, L.; Townes, D.
October 2010
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;10/29/2010, Vol. 59 Issue 42, p1372
The article discusses the use of rapid diagnostic test (RDT) as a tool to diagnose malaria in Haiti. RDT has been used as an alternative diagnosis for malaria since it requires less tools or training. The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) of Haiti studied the use of RDT that guided the decision to approve the practice. As of July 2010, approved brands of RDTs for the diagnosis of Plasmodium falciparum malaria are First Response Malaria AG HRP2, CareStart Malaria HRP2 and SD Bioline Malaria AgPf.


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