Gap Fill - Malaria Test - Level 4


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Scientists made a breathalyzer to test for malaria. It could find the faster than other and help millions. People with malaria have a "breath print". The breathalyzer finds in the print. One of the odours the finds is the same as a that attracts malaria-spreading insects. The device is being developed. The researchers say it could be a , cheap and easy to help diagnose malaria.

The breathalyzer looks for different odours to spot malaria. The researchers tested 35 children. They found that 29 of the children had malaria - an accuracy of 83 per cent. The researcher said that easy-to-use devices could reduce use. She said: "This would have a impact on the of malaria, because all current [testing] methods require sampling." Malaria kills about 430,000 people a .

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