Journal of Global Infectious Diseases

DIAGNOSTICS REVIEW
Year
: 2009  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38--44

The laboratorial diagnosis of dengue: Applications and implications


Nina Rocha Dutra, Marilia Barbosa de Paula, Michelle Dias de Oliveira, Leandro Licursi de Oliveira, Sergio Oliveira de Paula 
 Laboratory of Molecular Immunovirology, Department of General Biology, Federal University of Višosa, Višosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Sergio Oliveira de Paula
Laboratory of Molecular Immunovirology, Department of General Biology, Federal University of Višosa, Višosa, Minas Gerais
Brazil

The diagnosis of infection by the dengue virus relies, in most cases, on the clinical judgment of the patient, since only a few major centers have clinical laboratories that offer diagnostic tests to confirm the clinical impressions of an infection. At present, routine laboratory diagnosis is done by different kinds of testing. Among them are the methods of serological research, virus isolation, detection of viral antigens, and detection of viral genomes. The continued development of diagnostic tests, which are cheap, sensitive, specific, easy to perform, and capable of giving early diagnosis of the dengue virus infection is still a need. There are also other obstacles that are not specifically related to the technological development of diagnostic methods. For instance, infrastructure of the laboratories, the training of personnel, and the capacity of research of these laboratories are still limited in many parts of Brazil and the world, where dengue is endemic. Clinical laboratories, especially the ones that serve regions with a high incidence of dengue, should be aware of all the diagnostic methods available for routine these days, and choose the one that best suit their working conditions and populations served, in order to save lives.


How to cite this article:
Dutra NR, de Paula MB, de Oliveira MD, de Oliveira LL, de Paula SO. The laboratorial diagnosis of dengue: Applications and implications.J Global Infect Dis 2009;1:38-44


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Dutra NR, de Paula MB, de Oliveira MD, de Oliveira LL, de Paula SO. The laboratorial diagnosis of dengue: Applications and implications. J Global Infect Dis [serial online] 2009 [cited 2020 Aug 14 ];1:38-44
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