Learn how PositiveID Corporation (OTCQB: PSID) is working to develop medical solutions to help counter the threat of pathogens like the Zika virus at the 2016 Olympic Games with portable bio-threat detection.
With the location of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, international concerns have been raised about the spread of the Zika virus. While little is known about the virus, it has sparked concerns in countries across the world. There is currently no known pharmaceutical treatment for Zika, and the virus is known for its devastating effects when transmitted from mother to child in the womb. Researchers in the medical technology industry have begun focusing on early methods of detection, prevention, and vaccination to address the risk of the virus spreading to international communities as guests at the Olympics.
The Zika Virus
The Zika virus is not typically fatal in healthy adults, but it poses a significant risk to pregnant women. It is now proven that Zika leads to severe birth defects among children born to mothers who contracted the virus during pregnancy. In healthy adults, Zika can cause flu-like symptoms, making it difficult to identify without testing.
PositiveID Corporation and Zika Testing
PSID is a medical technology corporation at the forefront of early detection and portable diagnostics. With the ongoing development and laboratory testing of its handheld Firefly Dx diagnostic system, PSID believes viruses such as Zika, Ebola, influenza and others, in the not too distant future, can be detected in the field with greater speed and accuracy than many traditional detection measures, at a fraction of the cost.
Firefly Dx is unique for its mobile capabilities to detect pathogens at the point-of-need, often where detection is needed most. Eliminating the need to take a sample back to a central lab for confirmatory testing saves time and money, and can help containment measures. This powerful capability means that once Firefly Dx is in the field, on-site analysts could carry a functional laboratory in their hands while addressing potential contamination in large groups, such as crowds at the Olympics.
Handheld Zika Detection
While there is no known cure for the Zika virus, having the ability to detect it early on could significantly help control its transmission and halt its spread. Large crowds, such as those gathered for the Olympics, pose a greater risk of spreading disease. Handheld detection devices make it easier for medical professionals to diagnose those with suspicious symptoms sooner, providing them with the opportunity to seek treatment and be moved away from others before the disease can spread.
PositiveID Corporation is a life sciences company that focuses on developing products to improve the efficiency of existing pathogen detection technology. Firefly Dx has been demonstrated through an effective prototype system in the lab, and it does not require any third-party software to function. Purified sample DNA was put through the Firefly DX’s detection process without the use of any commercial instruments. The results were accurate real-time pathogen detection, which could revolutionize the way scientists and medical professionals are able to detect diseases on the field.
The Firefly Dx uses disposable, injection-molded cartridges to remove contaminants and purify sampling for real-time processing. This step is what makes the Firefly Dx such a useful model to have on-hand in scenarios such as the Olympic Games. Handheld pathogen detection devices with the full power of a laboratory reduce the amount of processing time before officials can respond to an outbreak. If attendees at the Olympics begin showing signs of Zika infection, point-of-need detection could make it possible to quarantine affected individuals and determine whether the virus is present within a matter of minutes rather than days or hours. Faster processing means faster response time, which can make the difference between a few isolated cases of infection and an outbreak.
Because people come from all over the world to attend the Olympic Games, and because Brazil is known as a location for the Zika virus, it is especially important to minimize the risk of the virus spreading. If individuals visiting Brazil from abroad become infected and return to their home countries undetected, the virus could spread to even greater proportions as those individuals spread it to others and/or are bitten by mosquitos that can then transmit the virus to others.
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