UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) scientists have developed a test that can identify positive tuberculosis cases within one hour.
The single DNA molecule identification test uses the polymerase chain reaction technique.
The new test can help in early detection and quick treatment for patients with tuberculosis, as the current testing methods take about eight weeks to produce results.
HPA chief executive Justin McCracken said that reducing the stress of waiting for test results and improving diagnosis times would certainly benefit the way TB is treated in UK.
“We look forward to the results of future trials, which will hopefully result in the roll out a new test that will have an impact on the incidence of the infection, not only in the UK, but globally,” McCracken said.