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Volume 73, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

All pregnant women who came for delivery at a district hospital in Mandla and a civil hospital in Maihar were screened for (placental parasitemia using a rapid test and microscopy and peripheral and umbilical cord parasitemia using microscopy alone). Two rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), Paracheck Pf and ParaHIT, were used. At Mandla, the sensitivity and specificity of the Paracheck Pf for were 93% and 84%, respectively. The positive predictive values (PPVs) and negative predictive values (NPVs) were 50% and 99%, respectively. At Maihar, the sensitivity and specificity of the ParaHIT for were 87.5% and 97%, respectively. The PPVs and NPVs were 75.4% and 98.7%, respectively. Placental infection was significantly associated with low birth weight. The RDTs for the identification of were more sensitive in placental blood than the placental blood smear by microscopy. Thus, the RDTs should be useful for rapid assessment of malaria at delivery.

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  • Received : 26 Apr 2005
  • Accepted : 06 Jul 2005

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