Friday, January 13, 2006

Singapore: Avian Flu Test Kit Endorsed by WHO

As the world prepares for an avian flu outbreak, a test kit produced by home-grown medical diagnostic company, Veredus Laboratories, has been given an endorsement by the World Health Organization (WHO). Its Avian Flu H5N1 Kit — which made headlines six months earlier for being able to diagnose the virus within hours — is currently one of the test kits being used by the WHO in Australia.

It has also been sold to countries in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The Australian authorities say the kit is more specific and sensitive than the primer set currently recommended by the WHO. With more accurate test methods, health care professionals can better pinpoint outbreak situations and public health officials can mobilise resources more effectively. Read More ....

Source: ChannelNewsAsia
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