Rapid CDIATM Malaria kits are intended for the detection of malaria by detecting pLDH.
Malaria is a life-threatening blood disease caused by plasmodium parasites and is transmitted to humans by the Anopheles mosquito. There are many different types of plasmodia parasites, but only five cause malaria in humans. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever, fatigue, vomiting, and headaches. “Pf” stands for Plasmodium falciparum and “Pv” stands for Plasmodium vivax. Pf causes the most acute, severe form of the disease, which can have a cerebral manifestation and causes the most deaths worldwide. Pv is still a serious disease, but usually less severe. All human malarial parasites produce a unique Plasmodium lactate dehydrogenase (pLDH) activity. And this activity correlates with the level of parasitemia.