The study results showed a total referral rate of almost 15%. During the study period 36 out of 2,459 (1.5%) referred patients completed their referral.
rapid diagnostic test
Microscopy is more cost-effective than OptiMal(R) in these remote areas if high accuracy of microscopy is maintained in the field. Decision regarding use of rapid tests for diagnosis of malaria in these areas depends on current microscopy accuracy in the field.
In areas where non-falciparum malaria is common rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) capable of distinguishing malaria species reliably are needed. Such tests are often based on the detection of parasite lactate dehydrogenase (pLDH). In Dawei, southern Myanmar, three pLDH based RDTs (CareStartTM Malaria pLDH (Pan), CareStartTM Malaria pLDH (Pan, Pf) and OptiMAL-IT(R)) were evaluated in patients presenting with clinically suspected malaria.