Korean J Parasitol.  2009 Jun;47(2):93-102. 10.3347/kjp.2009.47.2.93.

Malaria Diagnosis: A Brief Review

  • 1Critical Care Research Unit, Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. tmntp@mahidol.ac.th
  • 2Diagnostic Laboratory Unit, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 3WHO Collaborating Center for Clinical Management of Malaria, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.


Malaria is a major cause of death in tropical and sub-tropical countries, killing each year over 1 million people globally; 90% of fatalities occur in African children. Although effective ways to manage malaria now exist, the number of malaria cases is still increasing, due to several factors. In this emergency situation, prompt and effective diagnostic methods are essential for the management and control of malaria. Traditional methods for diagnosing malaria remain problematic; therefore, new technologies have been developed and introduced to overcome the limitations. This review details the currently available diagnostic methods for malaria.


Plasmodium; malaria; diagnosis; method
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