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Date:11/12/2008

is of the clinical samples is eliminated. Another advantage of the system is that there is no need to attend a health centre, given that the portability of the device enables the analysis and diagnosis in any place, such as airports, farms, schools or elderly persons' homes.

The benefits of the application of this development in the human health field are innumerable, as early diagnosis facilitates medical decisions on appropriate treatment and subsequent monitoring. It will also be extremely useful for the production of vaccines, given that it will provide more rapid and precise information on the type of flu in question, thus enabling progress in the production of more efficacious vaccines.

In the case of Avian flu, these advantages increase with multiple applications. Principally, this system will be able to significantly improve the rapid detection of outbreaks of the illness in less developed countries in Africa and Asia, with fewer resources for this end, given that the card is easy to use and low cost. Moreover, it can be used for quick tests with ill persons arriving at ports and airports from regions where Avian flu is going around, and thus reduce the risk of its introduction and propagation.


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