Public Health to detect mosquito viruses with real-time tests donated by the US
Santo Domingo.- The Public Health Ministry’s Dr. Defilló National Laboratory on Friday began real-time testing to detect and differentiate the zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses in humans.
The baseline “Trioplex rRT-PCR test kits to diagnose the zika virus infection was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said Health official Altagracia Ramona Pereiras.
The kits will detect and differentiate the three viruses in humans through their genetic material and detect the zika virus in urine and amniotic fluid.
The epidemiology experts said the use of the tests will help to quickly detect the diseases. “The viral RNA is usually detectable in the serum during the acute phase of infection, approximately five to seven days after onset of symptoms.”
United States ambassador James W. Brewster participated in the launch of the testing by public health authorities.
May 21, 2016
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