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close this bookGuidelines for the Treatment of Malaria (WHO; 2006; 266 pages) View the PDF document
View the documentGlossary
View the documentAbbreviations
open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
View the document2. The clinical disease
open this folder and view contents3. Treatment objectives
open this folder and view contents4. Diagnosis of malaria
open this folder and view contents5. Resistance to antimalarial medicines9
open this folder and view contents6. Antimalarial treatment policy
open this folder and view contents7. Treatment of uncomplicated P. Falciparum malaria10
open this folder and view contents8. Treatment of severe falciparum malaria14
open this folder and view contents9. Treatment of malaria caused by P. vivax, P. ovale or P. malariae19
View the document10. Mixed malaria infections
close this folder11. Complex emergencies and epidemics
View the document11.1 Diagnosis
View the document11.2 Use of rapid diagnostic tests in epidemic situations
View the document11.3 Management of uncomplicated malaria in epidemics
View the document11.4 Areas prone to mixed falciparum/vivax malaria epidemics
View the document11.5 Use of gametocytocidal drugs to reduce transmission
View the document11.6 Anti-relapse therapy in vivax malaria epidemics
View the document11.7 Mass treatment
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11.2 Use of rapid diagnostic tests in epidemic situations

RDTs offer the advantage of simplicity and speed in epidemic situations, but heat stability may be a problem and false-negative results may be seen. A negative result should not automatically preclude treatment, especially in severe clinical disease. Current experience with RDTs indicates that they are useful for confirming the cause and end-point of malaria epidemics, but they should not be relied on as the sole basis for treatment. They should also be backed up with adequate quality assurance, including temperature stability testing.

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