An innovative diagnostic test for diphtheria
Corynebacterium diphtheriae, the pathogenic agent of diphtheria, poses a serious health risk to non-vaccinated individuals or those with a weak immune system. Considering the increase in diphtheria cases among Asian and African migrants, scientists of the EU-funded DIFTERIA project have raised the issue of a reliable diagnostic method to prepare for a possible epidemic. The proposed method will detect the diphtheria toxin using an immunochromatographic strip (ICS) in just six hours. Implementation of this novel test will improve the accuracy of diphtheria diagnosis and enable the timely initiation of treatment, thereby preventing the spread of the pathogen in the community.
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