The Merits of Malaria Diagnostics during an Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak

Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Feb;22(2):323-6. doi: 10.3201/eid2202.151656.


Malaria is a major public health concern in the countries affected by the Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa. We determined the feasibility of using molecular malaria diagnostics during an Ebola virus disease outbreak and report the incidence of Plasmodium spp. parasitemia in persons with suspected Ebola virus infection.

Keywords: Ebola; Ebola virus; Ebola virus disease; Guinea; Liberia; PCR; Plasmodium; Sierra Leone; West Africa; diagnostics; disease outbreak; malaria; public health; viruses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • Coinfection*
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Ebolavirus*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Malaria / diagnosis*
  • Malaria / parasitology*
  • Malaria, Falciparum / diagnosis
  • Malaria, Falciparum / parasitology
  • Parasite Load
  • Plasmodium falciparum / classification
  • Plasmodium falciparum / genetics
  • Prevalence