Malaria: Sensitivity and Specificity
Introduction: Malaria is the disease caused by infection with Plasmodium species, predominantly P falciparum (more fulminant course) and P vivax / P ovale (less severe but has a dormant phase in the liver).
Note that some of the diagnostic tests are for malaria in general, while others are specific to one species.
The BinaxNOW is currently the only FDA approved rapid test for malaria (per UpToDate).
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