Use of Molecular Diagnostic Techniques to Determinate the Epidemiology of Malaria Parasites in North Eastern Nigeria
The emergence of resistance to all antimalarial drugs in clinical use is now making it necessary to discover the markers responsible for the resistance. The principal aim of this research is the use of molecular diagnostic techniques to Determine the epidemiology of malaria parasites. Thirty blood samples were analyzed by microscopy and molecular techniques to monitor the relative efficiency in malaria diagnosis. Molecular analysis revealed 28 out of 30 samples as positive for malaria while Microscopic analysis revealed 27out of 30 samples as positive malaria parasite. The molecular analysis was particularly useful to unveil parasites presence in infections not detectable by blood smear analysis.
Keywords: Molecular Diagnostic Techniques, Epidemiology, Malaria Parasites
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