Diagnostic tests for kala-azar: a multi-centre study of the freeze-dried DAT, rK39 strip test and KAtex in East Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

@article{Boelaert2008DiagnosticTF,
  title={Diagnostic tests for kala-azar: a multi-centre study of the freeze-dried DAT, rK39 strip test and KAtex in East Africa and the Indian subcontinent.},
  author={Marleen Boelaert and Sayda El-Safi and Asrat Hailu and Maowia Mohamed Mukhtar and Suman Rijal and Shyam Sundar and Monique K. Wasunna and Abraham Aseffa and Jane Mbui and Joris Menten and Philippe M P Desjeux and Rosanna W Peeling},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene},
  year={2008},
  volume={102 1},
  pages={32-40}
}
Three diagnostic tests for visceral leishmaniasis (VL), the freeze-dried direct agglutination test (FD-DAT), the rK39 dipstick and a urine latex antigen test (KAtex), were evaluated for use in primary care in East Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Clinical suspects were prospectively recruited and tissue, blood and urine samples were taken. Direct microscopic examination of tissue smear, and FD-DAT, rK39 and KAtex were performed. Sensitivity and specificity with 95% credible intervals were… CONTINUE READING