Brazil using three-minute dengue diagnosis

Brazilian researchers demonstrated in a medical test that they are able to diagnose dengue fever virus in a human body within three minutes. The test was developed by physicists with the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) after several years of research.

Professor Celso Melo, coordinator of the study said the test also has the advantage of being low cost, with each costing about 30 U.S. cents. The implementation needs the authorization of the official National Surveillance Agency before being allowed to be tested in the country’s laboratories.

Melo said he expected the test could identify other infections in the future “With the aid of the test, we will be able to identify the DNA of any kind of virus or bacterium. That will mean tremendous benefits to treatments,” he said.

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