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December 9, 2010

WHO Endorses Rapid Tuberculosis Test

The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed a novel rapid test for tuberculosis. The fully automated nucleic acid amplification test incorporates modern DNA technology and can be used outside of conventional laboratories. It can provide accurate diagnosis in 100 minutes

By cms admin

The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed a novel rapid test for tuberculosis.

The fully automated nucleic acid amplification test incorporates modern DNA technology and can be used outside of conventional laboratories.

It can provide accurate diagnosis in 100 minutes, far quicker than current tests, which take more than three months to provide results.

Evidence-to-date suggests that implementation of the test can increase the diagnosis of patients with drug-resistant TB by three-fold, and double the diagnoses of the number of HIV-associated TB cases in areas with high rates of the two diseases.

The test has been developed by the Foundation for Innovative and New Diagnostics.

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