The standard method of malaria diagnosis has been the microscopic examination of blood, utilizing blood films.

Making a Malaria diagnosis?

"Although it is possible to test yourself for Malaria with a rapid finger prick test one should bear in mind that finger prick test are NOT 100% accurate.

Malaria Blood Test

This implies that a test might return a negative result, when you do in fact have Malaria. It is therefore important to continue testing every 4 hours if you continue to feel ill.

Ultimately the only certain way of confirming a malaria diagnosis is by confirming the parasite's presence on examination of a patient's blood under a microscope.

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