Missing malaria? Potential obstacles to diagnosis and hypnozoite eradication

Harin Karunajeewa, Andreea Waltmann, Lyndes Wini and Ivo Mueller
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01760
Published online: 20 April 2015

To the Editor: Bradbury and colleagues highlight some important challenges in managing Plasmodium vivax malaria when appropriate diagnostics and therapeutics are lacking.1

  • 1 Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Western Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Ministry of Health, Honiara, Solomon Islands.


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