Malaria diagnostics- what’s new and why is it important?

Guest posting: Dr Ian Marr, Microbiology Registrar, NSW Health Pathology. 

Malaria diagnosis Marr August 2018 v2

Short questions for postgraduates:

  1. Describe the relative sensitivity of different malaria test methodologies – microscopy,  rapid diagnostic kits and nucleic acid amplification.
  2. Describe the process of malarial slide preparation and staining emphasising the critical factors
  3. Explain how one examines malarial microscopy slides
  4. What is the relevance of microscopy/RDT negative malaria cases?
  5. How are RDTs evaluated by WHO?  How well do the RDTs in use in PNG perform according to the most recent WHO report?
  6. What are critical factors that affect the sensitivity of RDTs?
  7. What is the LAMP method and how is the test conducted?  (Consider preanalytical, analytical and post-analytical steps)



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