15 Jun '11, 1pm

S'pore-made kit to diagnose dengue fever via @cmswire

The Aedes mosquito. -- PHOTO: NEA TESTING of a Singapore-developed kit that uses saliva to diagnose dengue fever has expanded to Sri Lanka after a similar effort kicked off in Cambodia in March last year. Developed by the local Environmental Health Institute (EHI), the kit has already been tried out on some 140 patients here from 2005 to 2007 with promising results. Traditionally, the diagnosis of the potentially lethal ailment, spread by the Aedes mosquito, requires a blood sample. The extension of testing to Sri Lanka this month was announced at yesterday's first-ever Asean Dengue Day, an annual event to promote prevention and control. Worldwide, an estimated 2.5 billion people are at risk of dengue. About 70 per cent, or 1.8 billion, are from Asean. Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan noted that the disease remains prevalent in the regio...

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