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SA professor leads researchers in developing new TB test

The test is one of the first blood-based tests currently in development and will produce results in an hour.

Professor Gerhard Walzl is leading the team of African and European scientists researching the new TB test. Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - A Stellenbosch University professor is heading up an international team of researchers in developing a ground-breaking Tuberculosis (TB) test.

The test is one of the first blood-based tests currently in development and will be able to produce results in under an hour.

Professor Gerhard Walzl is leading the team of African and European scientists.

Walzl says they hope health workers will be able to use the test in any environment and with minimal training.

"Current TB testing and diagnosis for TB is cumbersome, takes a lot of time and not everybody who needs that test can access it. We have been working for a number of years to develop a test that can be done very quickly."

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