Novel Coronavirus Test Kits Sent to Iran

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 10:48

World Health Organization (WHO) has sent novel coronavirus detection kits, announced Kianoush Jahanpour, head of the Iranian health ministry’s public relations department.

There are three stages to diagnose coronavirus, Jahanpour said, adding that the last stage is for the novel coronavirus, Tehran Times reports.

Any person suspected of coronavirus infection initially undergoes a standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR), then if the test was positive, the novel coronavirus test will be conducted on the patient, he explained.

These tests could play a critical role in halting this deadly outbreak by enabling healthcare workers to isolate and treat patients much faster than is currently possible.

A team of researchers led by Leo L.M. Poon, DPhil, of the University of Hong Kong has developed two rapid tests for the coronavirus that could break this diagnostic bottleneck.

Using a technology known as real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), the tests detect two gene regions that are only found in the Wuhan coronavirus (officially known as 2019-novel-coronavirus) and in other closely related coronaviruses such as SARS.

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