US company claims new device can detect bird flu

US company claims new device can detect bird flu

US company claims new device can detect bird flu

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:04 AEDT

An American research company says it's developed a new device that can quickly detect more than 90 different viruses.

These are said to include several strains of the deadly form of bird flu.

The Californina-based company Ibis Biosciences says it worked with U.S. military researchers to fine-tune the mass spectrometer device and test it against a range of flu viruses.

Currently when testing people for bird flu, the World Health Organization uses specialized labs that can spend weeks analysing samples.

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