Detecting Cryptosporidium in China

14 abril 2015

For a healthy individual, an infection of Cryptosporidium parvum may mean nothing more than a few days of bad diarrhea. For someone with a compromised immune system, it can mean death, following an excruciating, protracted bout of watery diarrhea. Recently, researchers developed a lab-on-a-chip device that can rapidly diagnose cryptosporidium infections from just a finger prick — potentially bringing point-of-care diagnosis to at-risk areas in rural China in order to improve treatment outcomes.