Malaria breath test shows promise

A new device can help detect malaria and eliminate it at early stages.

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A unique “breath-print” that people with malaria have could be used as a test for the disease, according to American scientists.

The researchers tested the breath samples with 35 feverish children in Malawi, out off which some had malaria and some didn’t. The success rate was 83% with the device showing an accurate result in 29 of the children, reported BBC

“The rapid detection of asymptomatic malaria is a challenge for malaria control and will be essential as we move towards achieving the goal of malaria elimination. A new diagnostic tool, based on the detection of volatiles associated with malaria infection is exciting,” said Prof James Logan from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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