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While one welcomes news of home grown rapid diagnostic kits, it is hard not to feel astonished that the UK feels it must reinvent the wheel.
US developed RT-PCR kits the size of toasters are being successfully used in the field in former Soviet Bloc countries, and should have been our first line of defence in 2007. The cartridges are light and safely disposed of after use. Training is minimal - "as I know because my own training took five minutes in the lobby of a Brussels hotel," says the editor of this website. Tests can be done simply on nose swabs of animals 2 or 3 days before they show any outward signs of disease and before virus can be identified by any other means. (More)