Virus Hunter: New Rapid-Detection Device Helps Public Health Officials Pinpoint Rift Valley Fever

Virus Hunter: New Rapid-Detection Device Helps Public Health Officials Pinpoint Rift Valley Fever

By LTC Jason Richardson, Dr. Michael Turell, and CPT Elizabeth Wanja Rift Valley fever death toll on the rise (Pretoria News, May 7, 2010)  Economic losses from Rift Valley fever greater than previous documented (ILRI Clippings, Oct. 10, 2010) Epidemiologists now have a tool that might make such tragic headlines a thing of the past. The Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, part of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and VecTOR Test Systems Inc. have developed a diagnostic device that can detect the presence of the Rift Valley fever (RVF) virus in mosquitoes, thus alerting deploying troops to its presence and enabling public health officials to prevent or […]