15 Jun '11, 1pm

S'pore marks ASEAN Dengue Day

S'pore marks ASEAN Dengue Day

SINGAPORE : Singapore and nine other ASEAN members marked the inaugural ASEAN Dengue Day on Wednesday with a concerted fight against the virus, which is expected to be most prevalent in the region this month. In Singapore, an institute has been recognised as a global centre for reference and research by the World Health Organisation. It is hoping that this collaboration would advance the development of a non-invasive dengue test kit - the first of its kind in the world. A simple swab of a patient's inner cheek could determine whether he has the virus or not. This non-invasive procedure was once considered a far-fetched idea by scientists. But researchers at Singapore's Environmental Health Institute have proven that it is not. Grace Yap, senior research officer, Environmental Health Institute, said: "Contemporary test kits have always been based on blood. This will be the ...

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