New Delhi: Diagnosis of dengue in tribal and remote rural areas remains a challenge unlike cities where hospitals and laboratories have necessary equipment and trained manpower.
Over the years rapid diagnostic tests have been developed to address this challenge, but it was not known how good they were. Now a team of researchers at ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tribal Health in Jabalpur has sought to address this concern. It has tested one commercially available kit and found that it was effective. It was found to have sensitivity and specificity of about 90 percent.
The rapid diagnostic kit used in the study detects dengue virus-specific protein NS1 in a patient’s blood but is currently not recommended for testing dengue because other tests are more sensitive.