It is almost two years since the announcement was made, but it is still worthy of note that Inverness Medical Inc. has put an Early Rapid Test for Dengue Fever on the market to help physicians diagnose Dengue from the very first day it shows up in the bloodstream. As a matter of fact, the three-part test purports to facilitate a specific diagnosis of Dengue in 15 minutes thereby shortening the response time for patient therapy and monitoring to begin.
The Panbio Dengue Early Rapid Test was developed, not as a standalone diagnostic tool by any means. Rather, it acts as a cross-reference for other existing serology tests.
The Panbio test gives physicians the added advantage of reducing the risk of severe complications of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) and Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) in patients for whom this is a second or subsequent Dengue infection. Now, that can be fatal if not identified and treated early.