FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

WHO releases results from reviews of rapid malaria tests

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released the results of its review of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) that are designed to detect malaria from the parasites inside the host.

The WHO developed data to find whether commercially produced RDTs work as well as other tests. A recent market shift shows that other malaria tests may be better. The data included figures from both malaria-endemic nations and non-endemic nations. The researchers tested the data at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) using a worldwide specimen bank.

The WHO recommends that health care workers manage malaria cases depending on the parasite diagnosis. RDTs make this possible when the health care workers cannot reach good-quality microscopy. Ensuring their reliability is important to the success of maintaining control over malaria.

There have now been six rounds of malaria RDT product testing. The data from the tests pertains to 41 different products, and the WHO will soon release further details about the data and results.

National governments and health agencies around the world will use this data to determine which RDTs they will use to detect malaria in their local areas. Product testing is an important way that the health industry works to improve its services to people around the world.

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