It has been developed and validated by scientists of the CSIR-IICT

A software tool that can rapidly diagnose dengue fever based on symptoms and clinical parameters has been developed and validated by scientists of the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) here.

Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease and caused by the dengue virus. It is estimated that the mosquito-borne pathogen infects approximately 50-100 million people every year.

The Dengue Decision Support System (DDSS) has been developed by U.S N. Murty, Chief Scientist and Head of Biology Division and his group. Describing it as a simple and accurate tool, Dr. Murty said it was tested and validated in a few hundred cases at the Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Tropical Diseases here and was now ready for release. It would be handed over to the State Government soon, he added.

He said the DDSS would help health authorities in finding out the disease within 10-15 minutes, which was vital in saving the life of the patient.