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Alere Malaria Ag P.f

Alere has launched a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for malaria, called the Alere Malaria Ag P.f. The test detects the histidine rich protein II antigen of Plasmodium falciparum from whole blood in 20 minutes, and offers a tenfold improvement in detection compared to currently available malaria RDTs, the firm said. This sensitivity enables diagnosis of asymptomatic patients and cases with low parasitemia, making the test potentially useful for surveillance and mass screen-and-treat programs aiming to eradicate malaria.