Novel assay detects Zika virus in less than 15 minutes

10 February 2017

By Marilynn Larkin

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A newly developed assay that rapidly detects Zika virus and can be implemented in a mobile suitcase laboratory could facilitate testing of pregnant women in rural and low-resource settings, researchers say.

Dr. Ahmed Abd El Wahed of Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany, told Reuters Health, “Currently Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya viruses represent a global threat. The clinical picture of the three diseases is similar, and the same mosquito vector is involved in the transmission cycle."

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