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How can we end malaria for good if we cannot identify it?

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(Published May, 2016)
Brieger W. (Author)
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It will be good to end malaria for good, but only if we also have the means to detect and manage the other dangerous, life-threatening febrile diseases that will be left behind. Unfortunately, malaria rapid diagnostic tests do not always guide correct case management of other causes of fever. Health workers in West Africa unfamiliar with Ebola viral haemorrhagic fever responded to the initial symptoms as if it were malaria. Yellow fever is just one flavivirus, including chikungunya, dengue and Zika, that can frustrate our efforts to focus malaria resources, and at the same time provide quality, appropriate care. Without dengue RDTs, clinicians in Africa may assume that dengue is a severe form of malaria and treat as malaria rather than with appropriate life-saving care.

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Brieger B. How can we end malaria for good if we cannot identify it? Africa Health. 2016;May 2016:3.