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Cheap ‘Dipstick’ Test Could Pinpoint Zika Virus, say Scientists





A new “dipstick” serum test to quickly and cheaply determine whether a person is infected with Zika could lead to better health care for women with the virus, which can cause birth defects, said scientists.

The simple paper strips — which can be used to test for four subtypes of dengue as well as Zika — could also provide “early warning” of the spread of pathogens, said scientists who are exploring ways to commercialize the technology.

Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli, associate professor of engineering at the University of Massachusetts Boston, said it resembles a pregnancy test.

“You simply dunk it in a solution with a read more >>>

Source:: VOANews.Com

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