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Dipstick to save millions.

A SIMPLE "dipstick" test that could save the sight of millions of people around the rld has been veloped by British scientists.

The test provides a eap way of gnosing trachoma, a inding infection spread by flies that is to to affect 84 million people, mostly in developing countries.

A trial involving more than 600 Masai ildren in Tanzania wed that the test s more than twice as fective as traditional methods.

It took just one hour to train local health rkers to carry out the tests, which were aluated without the benefit of electricity or nning water using les and chairs as eshift lab benches.

The 8cm dipstick is placed into an eye swab solution. If the infectious organism lamydia trachomatis is present, it shows up a a purple line.

Findings we r e ported in The Lancet medical journal by the team which developed the test at Cambridge University.

The test is an ptation of another system used to detect the sexually ansmitted form of chlamydia
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 12, 2006
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