In order to detect and track the spread of Chikungunya, researchers have come up with a low-cost diagnostic test that would check for any mosquito-borne illness in almost 2 hours’ time period.
The researchers at InBios International and University of Texas Medical Branch used mosquito-borne virus for developing the new test. This test would help the doctors top observe or track the extent of spread of this disease.
According to Scott Weaver, director at UTMB, the Eilat virus which is related to this disease (Chikungunya) was collected 3 decades ago in Israel’s Negev Desert.
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The Eilat virus-based chimera was used by the scientists, in order to create a safe diagnostic test.
Weaver further said that the medical professionals became able to take the serum of chikungunya patients and use the diagnostic test kit for a quick result in almost 2 hours.
Science has made huge achievements, like observing the presence of water on mars and now this diagnostic test.
The tests for Chikungunya are quite expensive and is difficult to diagnose. So, this test will definitely help the patients to come out of this dangerous disease.