Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by a parasite from Plasmodium genus. It is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions, including parts of the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Malaria is the most important parasitological disease in the world, affects several hundred millions of humans each year, and is responsible for 1 million to 3 million deaths.
Recently, WHO recommended performing malaria diagnosis using rapid tests before initiating anti-malarial therapy.
OptiMAL-IT is an individual immunochromatographic rapid test for malaria diagnosis on whole blood samples based on the detection of pLDH (parasite lactate dehydrogenase) of Plasmodium sp. OptiMAL-IT is able to differentiate P. falciparum from non-P. falciparum in just 20 minutes.