Scientists have determined an official causal link between the Zika Virus and the birth defect microcephaly. Gloomingly, they’ve predicted its outbreak is just beginning and thus are rushing to come up with ways to quickly diagnose the Zika virus.
Researchers from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University say they’ve created a low-cost paper diagnostic test to better identify the Zika virus. The test could help reduce the spread of the virus and maybe other future pandemic diseases. A bonus is this medical prototype can pave the way for other rapid, low-cost diagnostics.
What’s so great about this new form of testing is it’s extremely simple and can be used by individuals who may not have a lot of training. All it takes is a small sample of saliva, urine or blood which is applied to the sensors that have been placed on paper samples.
The diagnostic results are usually formulated within an hour and will display the color purple if the samples has the RNA known to be present within the Zika virus.
The goal is to stay ahead of virus outbreaks, limiting the spread and decreasing the amount of pressure already placed on healthcare systems.