HealthDay - "Rapid, Easy Zika Test Developed" - Dennis Thompson
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. The research team, which included members from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, developed the new test because current testing products sometimes cross-react between Zika and dengue, providing a false positive for Zika when the patient actually has the other virus. Researchers checked the accuracy of the test by testing blood serum samples taken from people in regions where Zika has hit hardest, including Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Mexico and Panama. The test proved 80 percent to 90 percent accurate in detecting Zika and avoiding false positives.
- The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai