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Table 1 Percentage of saliva samples that tested positive for P. falciparum by parasitemia level (n = 60 samples)

From: PCR-based detection of Plasmodium falciparum in saliva using mitochondrial cox3 and varATS primers

  Number positive/number tested (% positive)
Parasites/μl n 18S rRNA cox3 varATS
Submicroscopic 19* 4/19 (21) 9/19 (47) 5/19 (26)
< 1000 6 3/6 (50) 3/6 (50) 4/6 (67)
> 1000 35 30/35 (86) 34/35 (97) 29/35 (83)
All samples 60 62 [49–73] (37/60) 77 [64–86] (46/60) 68 [56–79] (41/60)
  1. All samples: data in square brackets show 95% CI calculated using modified Wald method
  2. All samples: data in parentheses show the number of samples that tested positive/total
  3. *Peripheral blood samples from these individuals were PCR positive for malaria