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Malaria Test Identifies Asymptomatic Malaria Carriers, Study Says

SciDev.Net: Diagnostic tests plumb depths of ‘hidden malaria’
“A self-styled ‘ultrasensitive’ malaria test could lead to more accurate identification of the potentially significant pool of people who carry the disease without showing any symptoms, a paper has found. The paper indicates that these ‘asymptomatic carriers’ are far more common than thought. They are an emerging front line in the fight to eradicate malaria, as they act as a hidden reservoir, allowing the parasite to carry on being circulated from humans to mosquitoes…” (Willmer, 4/1).

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