New molecular diagnostic approach can detect dengue in first 24 hours
Dengue can normally be diagnosed in three to four days and early diagnosis is vital for preventing further complications due to the infection. iGenetic labs Amberpet uses Molecular methods that involve looking for genetic markers in the patients sample to get results within 24 hours.
Amberpet: Dengue can normally be diagnosed in three to four days and early diagnosis is vital for preventing further complications due to the infection. iGenetic labs Amberpet uses Molecular methods that involve looking for genetic markers in the patients sample to get results within 24 hours.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause severe flu-like symptoms with possible complications like hemorrhage and shock. Dengue infection may progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever resulting in severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, bruising, and uncontrolled bleeding. Hence, timely and correct diagnosis is critical.
Missed or even delayed diagnosis can lead to severe complications due to dengue. Two-thirds of deaths from dengue are due to missed diagnosis necessitating use of a quick, reliable method for detection.
iGenetic diagnostics can detect dengue virus in blood samples of patients at a very early stage of infection. It applies advanced PCR-based technologies to look for the genetic material of the pathogen in the patient’s sample.
Dengue virus and hence, its RNA, is detectable in the blood from Day 1 to about Day 7. The highly sensitive method developed at iGenetic enables detection of dengue from Day 1. Founder of iGenetic Diagnostics Arunima Patel said “Dengue and other viral infections are difficult to diagnose using conventional microbiological methods. Viral cultures are not commonly done by routine diagnostic labs and serological methods have low sensitivity and specificity.
We have successfully employed Molecular Diagnostic approaches to accurately and rapidly diagnose viral infections. Even other complex conditions like Septicemia and CNS infections are diagnosed in 24 hours at iGenetic. Speed and accuracy of diagnosis are vital in critical care. Besides, our innovations help us keep prices affordable so that these services can be used even in smaller cities and villages.”