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Malarial Antigen Detection (Pl.vivax & Pl.falciparum)

Malarial antigen detection tests are rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) that detect specific antigens produced by malaria parasites. They are designed to quickly diagnose malaria and differentiate between Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum, two common species of malaria parasites. These tests can be performed at the bedside and results are available within 15 to 30 minutes, making them particularly valuable in areas where laboratory facilities are unavailable or unreliable.


  • Profile Name: Malarial Antigen Detection (Pl.vivax & Pl.falciparum)
  • Sample Type: Blood
  • Preparations Required: There are no specific instructions for this test.
  • Report Time: 4 hours

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable, yet it continues to pose a significant global health risk. An estimated 229 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide in 2019, with sub-Saharan Africa carrying a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This test is done to diagnose malaria and differentiate between Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum infections.

A healthcare provider will take a small sample of your blood using a needle. This sample is then tested for the presence of malaria antigens.

No special preparation is required for this test.

The risks associated with this test are minimal and comparable to those of a standard blood test.

If malaria antigens are detected, it indicates that you are currently infected with the malaria parasite. The test can also indicate which species of Plasmodium is causing your infection.

The test is highly accurate, but it can sometimes produce false positives or negatives. It's important to interpret the results in conjunction with your symptoms and medical history.

Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache, chills, and vomiting. If not treated within 24 hours, Plasmodium falciparum malaria can progress to severe illness, often leading to death.

Malaria can be a severe, potentially fatal disease. It's important to seek medical help immediately if you suspect you have malaria. The disease is typically treated with antimalarial medications.

Anyone can get malaria, but the risk is highest for people who live in or travel to tropical and subtropical countries where malaria is common.

Malaria can be prevented by using insect repellent, wearing protective clothing, and taking antimalarial medications if you're traveling to an area where malaria is common.

Yes, you can still take the test if you've been vaccinated. However, the presence of antibodies might affect the interpretation of the test results.

This test specifically detects antigens from Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum, the two most common species of malaria.

The test is rapid, with results typically available within 15 to 30 minutes.

Yes, malaria is curable with prescription medication, usually antimalarial drugs. The type and length of treatment depend on the type of malaria, the severity of symptoms, and the patient's overall health.

Yes, getting malaria does not confer immunity, and you can be re-infected if you are bitten by an infected mosquito again.

Both are species of parasites that cause malaria, but they have different characteristics and distribution. Plasmodium falciparum is more prevalent in Africa and is often associated with severe malaria, while Plasmodium vivax is more common in Asia and Latin America.

A negative result means that no malaria antigens were detected in the blood sample. However, it does not completely rule out malaria, especially if symptoms persist.

This test can detect Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum infections. However, it may not detect other, less common species of malaria.

Yes, this test can be used to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and to ensure that the infection has been cleared.

To protect yourself from malaria, avoid mosquito bites especially in areas known to have malaria. You can do this by using insect repellent, sleeping under insecticide-treated bed nets, and wearing long- sleeved clothing.

Certain medications may affect the test results. Always inform your healthcare provider about any medications you're currently taking.

Although the test is highly accurate, false-positive and false-negative results are possible. Your healthcare provider will interpret the results in the context of your symptoms and other diagnostic information.

Malaria is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito.

Yes, it is possible to have a mixed infection with more than one species of Plasmodium.

Yes, the test can detect a relapse. Some types of Plasmodium parasites can lie dormant in the liver for months or even years, before reactivating and causing a relapse of the disease.

A positive antigen detection indicates the presence of malaria parasites in the blood.

Yes, other diseases such as dengue, typhoid, and influenza can present similar symptoms to malaria. Therefore, it is essential to get tested if you're experiencing symptoms, especially if you've been in a malaria-endemic area.

Yes, pregnant women can and should take this test if they have symptoms of malaria or have been in a malaria-endemic area. Malaria can be severe in pregnant women, causing serious health problems for both the mother and the unborn baby.

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