Novosibirsk scientists created a prototype for a flu test based on the same technology as the common pregnancy test
Experts of the scientific center for clinical experimental medicine SO RAMN created a prototype express test for the flu which will work much like the pregnancy test. On October 27th Alexander Shestolapalov, the head of experimental modeling laboratory of pathogenic infectious illnesses, told a Sib.fm correspondent all about it.
According to Shestopalov, to this time the scientific core of the center developed a sketch of the test system and continues gathering components.
The test will determine the flu virus based on a nose swab with a 90-95% accuracy. “Simply put, if the stripe turns blue, you’ve got the flu, if it does not, you are home free.” The procedure only takes a few minutes. It is planned that a single test will not cost more than 200 rubles ($4.20).
According to Shestopalov the researchers are not counting on government support in personal diagnostic device development. However, a marketing analysis shows that such a system will be in demand in Russia.
At this point the scientists cannot say whether the new system will only diagnose the type A flu, such as the seasonal flu or the bird flu or also the type B flu which is more often met with in children.
The testing system has foreign analogues but they are significantly more expensive. There are diagnostic kits in hospitals and clinics however, not everyone will go to the hospital to find out whether he is sick with the flu or with a different infection. “With the help of our system many will seek to diagnose the virus properly,” says Shestopalov.
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The doctor hopes that the development will go hit the market in two years.
During last year’s flu epidemic 104 out of 10,000 people were infected which is 38.7% more than was planned, mostly due to children aged 3 to fourteen.