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      Malaria misdiagnosis: effects on the poor and vulnerable.

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      Lancet (London, England)
      Elsevier BV

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          Effective and affordable treatment is recommended for all cases of malaria within 24 h of the onset of illness. Most cases of "malaria" (ie, fever) are self-diagnosed and most treatments, and deaths, occur at home. The most ethical and cost-effective policy is to ensure that newer drug combinations are only used for true cases of malaria. Although it is cost effective to improve the accuracy of malaria diagnosis, simple, accurate, and inexpensive methods are not widely available, particularly in poor communities where they are most needed.

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          Journal
          Lancet
          Lancet (London, England)
          Elsevier BV
          1474-547X
          0140-6736
          November 24 2004
          : 364
          : 9448
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool L3 5QA, UK.
          Article
          S0140-6736(04)17446-1
          10.1016/S0140-6736(04)17446-1
          15555670
          a256c3b3-b075-4175-a29f-1f8f52661efd
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