Ten-minute MERS-Coronavirus diagnostics test to be featured at Abu Dhabi Exhibition

June 18, 2013 | By More

June 18, AP – The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is the region’s latest medical dilemma with public health authorities now on high alert. Many countries in the Middle East don’t have the means to perform monitoring at point-of-care level as samples collected from suspected cases are sent long distances to central laboratories for testing.

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A 10-minute MERS-Coronavirus diagnostics test will be featured at the Abu Dhabi Medical Congress and Exhibition this year.

For the first time, a unique workshop will be hosted at the upcoming medical congress to discuss the use of a new isothermal DNA amplification and detection diagnostics test to detect the MERS-CoV in only 10 minutes with no need for well-equipped laboratories or qualified medical personnel.

“Holding a session of this nature during the Abu Dhabi Medical Congress will give an overview about how to react fast during outbreaks and how to develop a point-of-care diagnostics in the region. Early diagnosis of the infectious agents helps to diminish their impact by adequate outbreak management such as isolation of infected patients and movement restrictions,” said Dr Ahmed Abd El Wahed, from Germany’s Institute of Virology at the University of Goettingen. He will be speaking at the emerging viral diseases session.

The test provides ample time for healthcare professionals to determine the course of treatment by identifying the virus in its early stages and, therefore, allows the ability for patients to have a better outcome.

“On a global level, infectious diseases (ID) are a leading cause of death, and the level is equivalent to the number of people dying from cardiovascular diseases,” said Centre for Hygiene and Human Genetics Division Chief of Virology at Germany’s University of Goettingen Professor Frank Hufert.

“It has been estimated that nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of all human infectious diseases and 75 per cent of all emerging diseases (EID) are of animal origin. Today, the high mobility of people, animals and goods through progressing globalisation results in an increasing risk of EID and all kind of ID. The growing world population, increasing poverty and an accumulation of people living in uncontrolled developing mega-cities highly support the dissemination and occurrence of any type of ID, even those known to occur in remote areas only,” he added.

The Abu Dhabi Medical Congress and Exhibition will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from October 27 to 29. Other medical specialties covered during the event include rehabilitation, patient safety, primary healthcare, nursing and emergency medicine.

Associated press journalist for human rights observers – contributed to this report.

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