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British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2231-0614,Vol.: 10, Issue.: 1


A Field Study on Malaria Prevalence along the Myanmar Thailand Border by Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) and Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay (PCR)


Salakchit Chutipongvivate1*, Youngyut Prompunjai1 and Wanvisa Neadruengsang1

1Department of Medical Sciences, Regional Medical Sciences Center 6, Ministry of Public Health, Chonburi, Thailand.

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(1) E. Umit Bagriacik, Department of Immunology, Gazi University, Turkey.

(2) Chan Shen, Department of Biostatistics, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, USA.


(1) Vincent Batwala, Department of Community Health, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.

(2) Anonymous, Brazil.

(3) Ajili Faida, Department of Internal Medicine, Military Hospital of Tunis, Tunisia.

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Background: Thailand has a national goal to eliminate malaria from 80 percent of the country by 2020. An accurate detection and prevalence are critical to effective management of malaria. Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) detecting parasite lactate dehydrogenase (pLDH) antigen are used to identify individuals with Plasmodium falciparum infection even in low transmission settings seeking to achieve elimination.

Aims: The aim of this study was to evaluate the exact prevalence of malaria in the Thai border area where malaria is endemic by RDT compared with PCR.

Methodology: One thousand one hundred thirty blood samples were obtained from study subjects who live along the Myanmar Thailand Border. RTD was performed with the parasite lactate dehydrogenase (pLDH) antigen-based lateral flow test and the primer set used for PCR was designed on the species-specific nucleotide sequence of 18S rRNA plasmodium gene.

Results: Malaria infection was demonstrated in 70 (6.2%) subjects and 97 (8.6%) subjects by RDT and PCR respectively. PCR detected a significantly higher number of malaria infection than RDT (P<0.05). Comparison of RDT negative and PCR positive samples suggested that RDT negatives resulted from low parasitaemia. Moreover, PCR was able to identify the species of Plasmodium parasite. Three species, Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium malariae were detected. No Plasmodium ovalae was detected from any of the study location. P. falciparum was predominant along border with a percentage of 31.9 of positive suspected patients. Mixed infections with two or three malaria species were detected in 54 specimens (55.7%).

Conclusion: The result demonstrates that PCR should be undertaken to assess the prevalence of malaria in border areas to progress towards malaria elimination in Thailand.

Keywords :

Malaria; prevalence; rapid diagnostic test; polymerase chain reaction assay.

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DOI : 10.9734/BJMMR/2015/18999

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