July 30, 2013 -- It's like a pregnancy test, only for dengue: just place a few drops of blood into a plastic wand, and see if you’re positive after 15 minutes. Like in your ordinary off-the-shelf pregnancy test, a strip of specially-treated materials soaks up the fluid and changes color in the presence of specific chemicals.
A product of a study by the Research and Biotechnology Division of the St. Luke’s Medical
Center with the help of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), this approach is being developed as a “point-of-care” test for dengue meant to be simple enough to be done even by people without medical training.
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