Rapid Malaria Tests Save Lives - More Data Can Improve Outcomes

Despite dramatic progress against it, malaria still kills nearly half a million people a year, over 90 percent of them children in subSaharan Africa. Almost all those deaths are preventable. A study published today by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that rapid-testing to distinguish malaria from other fever-producing illnesses is essential for effective treatment but is only one step. Malaria experts say the use of rapid testing is a major asset in the tool kit of malaria fighters. Further research and improvements in after-test treatment are required, because transitions to use of new medical technologies typically raise new questions, whose answers lead to additional advances.



Vaccines, plus new tests and treatments, are needed to eliminate the scourge of malaria.

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