Washington: Michigan State University researchers have identified a test that can determine which children with malaria are likely to develop cerebral malaria, a much more life-threatening form of the disease.The screening tool could be a game-changer in resource-limited rural health clinics where workers see hundreds of children with malaria each day and must decide which patients can be sent home with oral drugs and which need to be taken to hospitals for more comprehensive care."Rural health workers have to make these decisions with very little objective data, and the consequences of an inappropriate decision are huge," Karl Seydel, MSU assistant professor of osteopathic medical specialties said. "Children who progress to cerebral malaria have a 20 percent mortality rate, or even higher if they don`t get the right treatment early in the disease process," he said.
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