A 32-year-old male has
returned from a holiday in Gambia six weeks ago.
He presents with fever, chills and rigors and on clinical examination is found
to have an enlarged spleen.
Initial thin film examination for malarial parasites is negative.
You are aware that local experience and expertise in diagnosing malaria is not
As the clinical suspicion of malaria is very high in this patient, what would
your next course of action be?
the thin film examination in 48 hours
a thick film examination
a dipstick assay of Plasmodium Lactate dehydrogenase (pLDH)
empirical treatment for malaria
thick and thin films in 72 hours