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Table 1 Panel of TBF samples and corresponding parasite density used to evaluate the PCR on TBF.

From: Giemsa-stained thick blood films as a source of DNA for Plasmodium species-specific real-time PCR

  Laboratory malaria diagnosis  
Category # P. falciparum P. vivax P. ovale P. malariae Mixed infection° Negative Total
0       20 20
0* 4 1      5
1-100 16 4 7 3    30
101-500 6 4 3 2 1   16
501-1000 6 3 5 1 1   16
> 1001 18 13 10 4 3   48
Total 50 25 25 10 5 20 135
  1. # expressed as number of asexual parasites per microliter
  2. * only gametocytes
  3. ° mixed infections consisted of Pf+Pm (n = 3), Pf+Po (n = 1) and Pf+Pv (n = 1)