Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point
On Air
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Wednesday, September 2, 1998 Published at 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK


Health

Pocket-sized malaria test on sale

Malaria is one of the world's most urgent health problems

An Australian drug company has launched a rapid diagnostic test kit for two strains of one of the world's most deadly diseases, malaria.

AMRAD Corp says the pocket-sized kit can detect the plasmodium falciparum and plasmodium vivax malaria strains through finger prick samples.

Previous tests have had to undergo laboratory analysis.

Malaria kills over a million people a year and is second only to tuberculosis in its impact on world health.

One in 10

The parasitic disease is present in 90 countries and infects one in 10 of the world's population - mainly people living in Africa, India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Colombia and the Solomon Islands. There are four main types of malaria, all spread by moquitoes.

Ninety per cent of all malaria cases are in sub-Saharan Africa where it is the main cause of death and a major threat to child health.

Worldwide, a child dies of malaria every 30 seconds. Pregnant women are also particularly vulnerable to the disease.

AMRAD Corp hopes to make millions of dollars out of its test. Early diagnosis of malaria, for which there is currently no vaccine, can lead to sucessful treatment and prevent death.

AMRAD Corp already has test kits for diseases such as hepatitis B and tuberculosis.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©


Health Contents

Background Briefings
Medical notes
Relevant Stories

26 Jun 98 | Medical notes
Malaria: the facts

11 Jun 98 | Latest News
Alexander's death riddle is 'solved'





Internet Links

World Health Organisation

Malaria links

Malaria Foundation International


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Disability in depth

Spotlight: Bristol inquiry

Antibiotics: A fading wonder

Mental health: An overview

Alternative medicine: A growth industry

The meningitis files

Long-term care: A special report

Aids up close

From cradle to grave

NHS reforms: A guide

NHS Performance 1999

From Special Report
NHS in crisis: Special report

British Medical Association conference '99

Royal College of Nursing conference '99