On The Use of Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits for Malaria
David J Witt, MD
Spring 2007 - Volume 11 Number 2
Since I wrote in The Permanente Journal (TPJ) (Fall 2005) about post-tsunami malaria in Indonesia, there have been several requests from TPJ readers regarding access to and anticipated availability of rapid diagnostic test kits (RDTs) for malaria. It is with regret that I relate that there is no intent to market these in the United States. There are several reasons for this, some valid, some not. Worldwide, the use of RDTs is a vital part of the World Health Organization's program for malaria control, to preserve the use of newer, more expensive regimens for actual malaria cases.