alexa Malaria rapid diagnostic tests: challenges and prospects

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Malaria rapid diagnostic tests: challenges and prospects

Malaria remains a serious human health issue and is particularly prevalent in developing countries. It is estimated that 3.3 billion people worldwide are at risk of malaria, with 90 % of cases occurring in Africa south of the Sahara (WHO, 2011a). In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 216 million malaria cases with an estimated 655 000 deaths, principally among children (WHO, 2011a). The high morbidity and mortality are attributed to the development of resistance of the parasite to antimalarial drugs and of the mosquito vector to currently available insecticides. There is no malaria vaccine at present.

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