Novel blood test may detect Zika more accurately

The blood test improves on existing options, providing an accurate and cost-effective means to determine whether a patient was infected, days or months after exposure.

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: New blood test may extend the window of accurate detection from weeks to months after the onset of Zika infection, giving clinicians a powerful new tool to screen for Zika throughout pregnancy.

Is known as ZIKV-NS2B-concat ELISA improves on existing options, providing an accurate and cost-effective means to determine whether a patient was infected, days or months after exposure. Quickly detects up to 200 samples in four hours and the researchers anticipate its cost will be similar to other ELISA tests used in clinical settings.

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