Malaria case definition

This document contains the case definitions for malaria which is nationally notifiable within Australia. This definition should be used to determine whether a case should be notified.

Page last updated: 12 March 2004

Australian national notifiable diseases case definitions - Malaria


Only confirmed cases should be notified.

Confirmed case

A confirmed case requires laboratory definitive evidence only.

Laboratory evidence

1. Detection and specific identification of malaria parasites by microscopy on blood films with confirmation of species in a laboratory with appropriate expertise


2. Detection of Plasmodium species by nucleic acid testing.

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