Children who develop malaria after returning to a setting in which the disease is not endemic are at high risk for critical delays in diagnosis and initiation of antimalarial therapy. We assessed the clinical impact of the implementation of malaria rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) on the management of children with malaria at an urban US children’s hospital that serves a large immigrant population.
rapid diagnostic testing
Molecular biology or immunochromatographic tests are conventionally offered as aids in the routine diagnosis of malaria. However, the interpretation of their results requires a precise knowledge of their limits, both by the biologist and the physician.