Scientists in Benin unveil enhanced malaria test – SciDev.NetPosted: January 21, 2013
Nicaise Tuikue Ndam, one of the authors of the study and a researcher at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, tells SciDev.Net that ELISA measures a specific antigen that detects a single parasite. This older technique can lead to the overestimation of the malaria burden as the antigen used is not very specific.
“The new technique for the detection of parasites in malaria vectors can ensure a better, faster estimation of transmission intensity in different malaria settings,” Ndam explains. “[It] has demonstrated a high analytical sensitivity in detecting mixed infections with distinct malaria-causing Plasmodium in the two main malaria vectors in Benin.”