Evaluation of malaria screening in newly arrived refugees to the United States by microscopy and rapid antigen capture enzyme assay

William M Stauffer III, Ashley M. Newberry, Charles P. Cartwright, Jon E. Rosenblatt, Kevan L. Hanson, Lynne Sloan, Dean T. Tsukayama, Charlotte Taylor, Billie Anne Juni

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Abstract

Before an empiric malaria treatment program, >60% of Liberian refugees had malaria on arrival to Minnesota. We compared microscopy with rapid antigen testing for detecting asymptomatic parasitemia. Nine of 103 (8.7%) had malaria by polymerase chain reaction (blood smear and rapid testing had a sensitivity of 22%). The empiric treatment program has decreased the rate of imported asymptomatic malaria. Blood film and rapid antigen testing are poor screening tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)948-950
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Volume25
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Malaria
  • Medical screening
  • Refugees

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