Immunological test for the diagnosis of malaria :
Principle of the test:
1) The ICT Malaria P.f. test will diagnose a positive infection 2 - 3 days after contracting the disease.
2) The ICT Malaria P.f. test is recognized and recommended by the World Health Organisation and has also been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States of America.
3) The ICT Malaria P.f. test takes about 10 minutes to perform, from start to end result. Sterile lancets, alcohol swabs and capillary tubes are provided with the tests and reagent in the kit of 5.
4) For ultimate shelf life, the ICT Malaria P.f. test should be stored at 2 - 8 degrees. The test will perform at higher temperatures as long as they are not exposed to direct heat or sunlight. The test should also not be performed in the near vicinity of a fan as this cool dry out the test strip.
Current shelf life is in the region of 8 - 1 0 months. New generation test will have a shelf life of 24 months and storage of 4 - 30 degrees.
5) A New test that has just been released is the ICT Malaria P.f. / P.v. test.
This test shall diagnose non - specifically, i.e. it will give a single test line, for 3 further malaria's being Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium vivax and/or Plasmodium malariae. Should all possible lines on the card be present in this test, then it is recommended and suggested that the Plasmodium falciparum malaria be treated as first line, as this is still the most dangerous form of malaria.