News about Dengue Fever
Taken from a Straits Times article (27february) headline: Refusing to let Good Science go to Waste
IT WAS barely a week before her baby boy was due, but Dr Rosemary Tan ignored
her throbbing feet and distended belly.
Speaking from an auditorium podium at the biomedical centre Biopolis, she
announced the launch of accurate, fast diagnostic tests for three killer
diseases, in particular bird flu. It was a crucial moment for her infant
medical diagnostics company.
'It was basically do or die,' said the chief executive of Veredus
Laboratories, recalling that day last July. 'All our efforts had been leading
to this moment.'
A week after giving birth to her second child, Creston, the 37-year-old was
on a plane overseas to talk shop.
'This may sound corny, but it's about saving lives and we wanted the kits
out as soon as possible,' she said.
Veredus was among the first in the world to sell the H5N1 bird flu detection
Its other two tests - for malaria and dengue fever - are also based on
research done here.
The company declined to reveal the price, but The Straits Times understands
that such kits generally sell for around $15 apiece.
With deadly bird flu continuing to spread, orders have arrived from all over
the world. Veredus' Science Park facility, which can produce 100,000 kits a
month, has been selling them by the tens of thousands to countries in the
Middle East, Europe and Asia.
It is being used by health authorities in Vietnam, and thousands of kits
have been sent to Indonesia as part of an aid package.