Malaria overtreatment a ‘risk to public health in Asia’ – SciDev.NetPosted: August 14, 2012
Researchers assessed the accuracy of malaria diagnoses and treatment for over 2,300 patients with suspected malaria at 22 clinics in northern and eastern Afghanistan. Some of the clinics relied upon clinical evidence of the disease, while others used diagnostic procedure carried out by microscopy.
They then tested the blood samples of the patients independently using microscopy.
The researchers found that a large proportion of patients with negative microscopy slides were still being prescribed antimalarial treatment. This meant that the real causes of these diseases went untreated.