Scientists in the USA have developed a new, portable, fast-acting test for Zika. The test is easy to use, cheap to produce and can easily be transported around the world.

Image: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

August 23, 2016

While health workers around the world work to slow the Zika outbreak, researchers at Harvard University have developed a new test that can rapidly and accurately detect the virus in samples of blood, urine and saliva. The test is cheap and portable, and the presence of Zika is shown by a simple colour change that's visible to the naked eye.

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December 20, 2016 at 12:45

more needs to be done to stop the spread of these deadly viruses in developing countries!

Ina and Sian

December 19, 2016 at 13:17

Considering the results of the Zika Virus, it's important for cures to be explored for people in 3rd world countries.


December 17, 2016 at 12:31

wonderful leap forward as zika spreads worldwide we need fast and easy diagnosis methods

Tara TJ

December 16, 2016 at 16:10

The zika virus is incredibly worrying due to its common symptoms shared with other harmless diseases, masking its true nature and its adverse affects. News of treatment is hopeful.


October 23, 2016 at 12:39

while the virus is scarily fast-spreading, i think it's possible to combat it by spraying on mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and avoiding tall grass where mosquitos are abundant.


September 20, 2016 at 09:39

had to cancel my holiday to the carribean because of this virus :-(


September 18, 2016 at 11:34

I wish we could find cure soon and stop zika very soon.


September 17, 2016 at 09:51

I have never heard of the zika virus, but I think that it is very important that mosquitos are eliminated not just because of zika but also because of illnesses like malaria.


September 11, 2016 at 11:26

Maybe, it's a good diagnosis method to tell whether you have Zika as it is fast.


September 7, 2016 at 11:05

is there a cure? are you going to work toward a cure?


September 4, 2016 at 11:00

zika is a virus very dangerous to unborn babies

mary kohan

September 4, 2016 at 10:20

zika has been around since 1947 . why is it now causing issues is there any negative impact in using genetially altered mosquitos in battling the epidemic?


September 4, 2016 at 10:05

I think the zika virus is bad because it makes people poorly. I hope a cure is found soon!:)

Max Legroom

September 3, 2016 at 13:56

Its not that big of a deal

gianpiero lardieri

September 2, 2016 at 14:09

we need technology to study viruses

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