Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a smartphone-based diagnostic device that can detect Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses in 30 minutes or less, replacing expensive laboratory testing equipment that can take days for patients to receive test results.

The low-cost portable solution could help clinicians make faster decisions about patient care—particularly in resource-limited clinics—and enable them to rapidly alert public health officials so they can take action to prevent the spread of Zika among pregnant women, who are at risk of passing the illness to fetuses and causing congenital birth defects.

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