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Novel test can diagnose 416 viruses from tropical regions
In a step aimed at preventing future outbreak of diseases such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya, researchers in Brazil have developed a test that analyses clinical samples from patients to diagnose infection by 416 viruses found in the world's tropical regions. The tool can be used by reference laboratories to assist epidemiological surveillance by detecting pathogens with the potential to cause epidemics in humans. Conventional methods are frequently unable to confirm diagnosis of these diseases, so we don't know which viruses are circulating, Aquino noted.
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