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Researchers develop portable Zika test

Researchers develop portable Zika test
February 26, 2017

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University are developing a portable diagnostic tool that can work in a range of settings to accurately detect Zika virus within 15 minutes using just a saliva sample, according to a press release. They said a single test would cost approximately $2.

“Most of the Zika cases in the United States and especially Florida are travel-related,” Waseem Asghar, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of computer and electrical engineering, computer science, and biological sciences at Florida Atlantic University, said in the release. “We are working to develop a tool that can be used without expensive laboratory equipment and skilled technicians in various settings like an airport or a community health center to provide reassurance to expectant families and those concerned because of recent travel.”

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