A Mouthwatering Malaria Test
Could the world’s first saliva-based RDT for malaria boost eradication efforts?
Luke Turner | | Quick Read
Malaria claims over 435,000 lives around the globe each year. In our fight to eradicate the disease, early detection of subclinical and asymptomatic infection (and of those who carry the parasite without falling ill) is vital. However, current blood-based tests are invasive, require administration by clinicians, and often cause patients stress. Now, the world’s first saliva-based rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for malaria – backed by a US$1,199,161 (¥138,269,665) grant from Japan’s Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) – seeks to offer a simpler, less invasive alternative (1).
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