Kilifi Based Research Centre Scales Up Covid-19 Testing At The Coast


Kilifi-based Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is making testing of coronavirus more available in the coastal region as part of public health response to control the viral disease.
Researchers at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust in Kilifi, have developed an immunological assay- a tool that detects virus footprints or antibodies on patients to track the number of people who been exposed to COVID-19 in the local population.
Immunological assays are a biochemical test that measures the presence and concentration of a macromolecule or a small molecule in a solution through the use of an antibody or an antigen.
The move, according to researchers, is part of Kemri’s COVID-19 response aimed at helping in understanding the way the novel virus behaves in various populations.





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