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Getting the right test, at the right time, to the right population is key to effective dengue control

When a parent presents their child at a clinic with a high fever, clinicians often find it hard to determine the cause based on the symptoms alone. After all, it could be malaria, dengue, Zika, chikungunya or one of a host of other possibilities.
“Whenever it’s rainy season and there’s a dengue outbreak, emergency rooms are full of anxious parents with children with a fever,” states Professor Rosanna Peeling, Professor and Chair of Diagnostics Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Director of the International Diagnostics Centre (IDC). “For them, efficient and accurate dengue diagnostics are very important for early confirmation of dengue as it can quickly progress to severe dengue in children.”

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