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Table 4 The presence of fungus has minimal effect on the detection of P. falciparum and P. vivax from Whatman 3MM dried blood spots (DBS) compared to paired preserved capillary blood and Whatman 903 Protein Saver cards

From: A novel method for extracting nucleic acids from dried blood spots for ultrasensitive detection of low-density Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax infections

Sample# Blood 903 DBS 3MM DBS
Malaria Malaria Fungus Malaria Fungus
1 Pf+ Pf+ None Pf+ Slight
2 Pv+, Pf+ Pv+, Pf+ None Pv+, Pf+ Slight
3 Pv+ Pv+ None Pv+ Slight
4 Pv+ Pv+ None Pv+ Slight
5 Pv+ Pv+ None Negative Slight
6 Pf+ Pf+ None Pf+ Slight
7 Pv+ Pv+ None Pv+ Slight
8 Pf+ Pf+ None Pf+ Moderate
9 Pv+ Pv+ None Pv+ Moderate
10 Pf+ Pf+ None Pf+ Moderate
11 Pv+ Pv+ None Pv+ Moderate
12 Pv+, Pf+ Pv+, Pf+ None Pv+, Pf+ Moderate
13 Pv+ Pv+ None Pv+ Severe
14 Pv+, Pf+ Pv+, Pf+ None Pv+, Pf+ Severe
15 Pv+ Pv+ None Pv+ Severe
  1. # Individual study participant; Pf, P. falciparum; Pv, P. vivax; +, positive; 903 DBS, Whatman 903 Protein Saver dried blood spot; 3MM DBS, Whatman 3MM dried blood spot