Smartphone App Used To Scan Blood For Parasites
“A smartphone has been used to automatically detect wriggling parasites in blood samples,” a new study has shown. In Africa two parasitic diseases, river blindness and elephantiasis are a huge problem which is currently affecting millions of people and both these diseases can be treated by a drug called . The study was conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in the U.S., the University of California as well as the Center for Research on and other Tropical Diseases, the university of Yaoundé in Cameroon and the University of Montpellier in France.
The study was funded by the University of California, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Chatterjee Chair Fund, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the U.S. Agency for International. In the study, a new device, a normal standard iPhone, was hooked up to a lens, which had been specially designed, so as to make it easy for people who have minimal training to easily and quickly measure the levels of Loa loa in a blood sample. From the finding the researchers found that the device performed in similar manner as standard time-consuming laboratory tests which are conducted by trained technicians.
The researchers also speculated that the standard iPhone device can be able to be used in detecting other moving disease-causing parasites which are usually in the blood. All in all the development of a new technology that can be used to carry out texts in the field faster without necessarily having a specialized equipment is a huge step forward when it comes to the fight against parasitic disease.