London: A groundbreaking test for meningitis and septicaemia, which can tell if a child has the deadly diseases within an hour, has been developed by researchers.The speed of the new test is vital because the first symptoms of meningitis are similar to a viral infection and therefore difficult to diagnose at an early stage.However, youngsters with the bacterial infection can rapidly deteriorate and die within hours.Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust have developed the diagnostic test for meningococcal bacteria.
“The real advantage of the new LAMP (loop mediated isothermal amplification) test is that it has the potential to be a simple bedside test that is rapid, cheap, easy to use and doesn’t require laboratory trained staff,” the Daily Mail quoted Professor Mike Shields, of Queen’s University, as saying.The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) has supported the research. ANI
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