Malaria (P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae, P. ovale)

  • Seweryn Bialasiewicz
  • David M. Whiley
  • Theo P. Sloots


In Australia, all four human Plasmodium species are routinely detected, with cases typically arising in migrants, travellers, soldiers, and refugees [2]. Traditionally, light microscopy has been utilized in Plasmodium species detection; however, the last decade has seen the introduction of nucleic acid amplification-based diagnostic assays [5], including rapid real-time PCR methods [3, 4].


Plasmodium Falciparum TaqMan Probe Plasmodium Species Nucleic Acid Extract Plasmodium Parasite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seweryn Bialasiewicz
    • 1
  • David M. Whiley
    • 1
  • Theo P. Sloots
    • 1
  1. 1.Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Sir Albert Sakzewski Virus Research CentreQueensland Children’s Medical Research Institute, Children’s Health Service DistrictBrisbaneAustralia

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