Rapid, Easy Zika Test Developed

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Original Source: HealthDay News

A new fast, easy and cheap “dipstick” test for the Zika and dengue viruses could revolutionize public health response to dangerous tropical germs, a new study reports.

The test accurately diagnoses Zika and dengue and can tell the two mosquito-borne viruses apart, an area in which commercially available tests now stumble, said senior researcher Lee Gehrke, a professor with the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science.

“In light of the problems with Zika virus causing microcephaly [a genetic abnormality resulting in a smaller-than-normal head] and other defects in babies born to infected mothers, it’s very important a pregnant woman would know if her fever is caused by Zika virus or dengue virus,” said Gehrke, who’s also a professor at Harvard Medical School.

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