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Review Identifies RDTs As Effective Tool To Fight Malaria

“A new Cochrane Systematic Review [.pdf] examines the accuracy of Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs), which are designed to detect malaria based on the presence of parasite antigens, using a quick and easy to use format,” according to a press release. “After reviewing available data in 74 different studies, we can say that these antigen-detecting tests will identify at least 19 out of 20 cases, a success rate that would be very useful in clinical practice,” said Katharine Abba, who conducted the review at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (7/6).