Queensland Develops Influenza Screening Test for Humans

.

Queensland Develops Influenza Screening Test for Humans

It seems the Queensland Government is aware of the potential risk of the mutation of the novel avian influenza H7N9. Therefore, it has rolled up its sleeves and has come up with a test, which can detect influenza among humans.

The test, said to be the first in Australia, has been developed by scientists working with Microbiology Department and the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Disease Laboratory.

Revealing about the test, experts affirmed the test requires taking a wash up from the throat of people, who are said to be having influenza. The swab will then be sent to Pathology Queensland Central Laboratory, which is at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) campus.

The sample there will be tested at a genetic level. Lawrence Springborg, Queensland Minister for Health, was of the view that the test is considered to be maiden for Australia. His ministers have affirmed that no similar test is present for influenza screening across the nation.

"The fact this test has been developed right here in Queensland is a testament to the quality work of our microbiologists and lab technicians, and I applaud their initiative", said Springborg.

Professor Graeme Nimmo, Director of Microbiology at Pathology Queensland said the test was vital in keeping Australia safe from influenza.


Latest News

InfoArmor: Yahoo hack was not carried out by “a state-sponsored actor”
BlackBerry is ending its internal hardware development to focus on software
Leaked image reveals some features of Google’s ‘Pixel’ handset
Report: Stock conditions for new iPhones at Apple retail stores will improve by
Apple’s new ‘macOS Sierra’ version brings Siri to desktop; unfolds several other
SquareTrade conducts dunk/drop tests on iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy Note 7
Samsung sued over exploded Galaxy Note 7 handset
Only 13% US Galaxy Note 7 users have exchanged their potentially explosive hands
Uber’s self-driving cars hit Pittsburg roads under a test program
Phil Schiller: Removal of headphone jack marks Apple’s desire for technological
Samsung, CPSC ask Galaxy Note 7 owners to stop using their handsets
Analyst: iPhone 7 will be packaged with EarPods which use Lightning connector