Comparison of Two Malaria Diagnostic Methods and Treatment Practice in Sagamu Community, Ogun State
Okunye Olufemi L*, Odeleye, FO, Adepoju Kehinde P, Jerome MA
This study was carried out to compare the potency of two frequently used methods of malaria diagnosis. A total of 200 blood samples were collected from patients diagnosed with malaria. Of the 200 patients studied, 68 patients (34%) were positive to RDTs based on malaria antibodies (serum) method while 184 (82%) were positive to visual microscopy of Giemsa. The numbers of patients positive to microscopy were comparatively higher than those that were positive to the antibody’s base rapid diagnostic test. The gender prevalent within the age range 0-12 and 52-64 years old were predominantly positive to both diagnostic tests, which could be traced to immunity as age related factors. Microscopy was recorded to be more reliable methods in this study than rapid diagnostic tests methods for diagnosis of malaria and it is therefore recommended that RDT should be performed in conjunction with microscopy for better results.
Diagnostic methods, Malaria, Sagamu
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Okunye, O. L., Odeleye, F. O., Adepoju K. P., & Jerome, M. A. (2015). Comparison of Two Malaria Diagnostic Methods and Treatment Practice in Sagamu Community, Ogun State, International Journal for Pharmaceutical Research Scholars, 4(2), 487-492.