As the mosquito-borne Zira virus monopolizes the attention of Brazil's government and media, adding to the burden of the dengue epidemic, researchers are offering a method to blood banks that wish to screen transfusion blood for pregnant women and in cases of intrauterine transfusion.
Researchers from MIT claim to have developed an easy-to-use blood test that can be applied in the field, allowing for the screening of multiple diseases. The test is said to provide results in around 10 minutes, and could be instrumental in stopping the epidemic spread of diseases such as Ebola.
The Eliminate Dengue challenge moves to Brazil after a successful trial run in Australia. Its main tool to fight dengue is a common bacteria called Wolbachia.