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AVA and Veredus Laboratories launch new application to detect bird flu

Nurdianah Md Nur | June 16, 2015
Called VereVet, the portable application could detect eight other major poultry infectious disease agents using only one sample.

Close-up of the Lab-on-Chip, VereVet. Credit: AVA

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has partnered Veredus Laboratories to develop a portable laboratory on a chip (Lab-on-Chip) application called VereVet.

According to a joint press release, VereVet can detect, differentiate and identify nine major poultry infectious disease agents using one sample. This is unlike the conventional method, which requires different samples for different tests. Disease agents that can be identified include Newscastle Disease virus, Salmonella Pullorum, Salmonella Enteritidis, Campylobacter and Avian Influenza (bird flu) virus.

The portable application is hoped to strengthen animal and public health for the region, said Tan Poh Hong, CEO of AVA. "While Singapore is free from bird flu, the disease continues to plague other countries. The new Lab-on-Chip, -- capable of rapidly identifying multiple poultry pathogens in one sample - will enable authorities to take appropriate actions."

Started in 2010, the VereVet project was led by Dr Huangfu Taoqi, Principal Scientist at the Animal Health Laboratory of AVA. Details of Verevet will be presented at the 17th International Symposium of World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians in Canada.


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