Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
17 Feb, 2015 | 4:48 pm
Researchers at Singapore’s Institute of Bio-engineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have developed a test kit for detecting dengue fever from saliva. It can tell you the results in 30 minutes.
Currently, dengue infection is diagnosed in the laboratory by testing the patient’s blood for dengue antigens or antibodies. Dengue fever kills an estimated 20,000 people each year and infects up to 100 million, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The team behind this test kit has partnered with ARKRAY, a Japanese company. They hope to see it being sold in pharmacies in the near future. Executive Director of IBN, Jackie Yi-Ru Ying says that once mass productions begins the test kit would not cost more than a pregnancy test kit and should be just as easy to use.
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