Singapore team working on test for Wuhan virus

Test may take nearly two months to develop, but it's a longer wait for commercial kits

(From left) Home Team Science and Technology Agency scientists Principal Lab Manager Hoo Li Wei; Deputy Lab Manager Dr Oh Hue Kian; Director, CBRNE Centre of Expertise, May Ong; Senior Lab Technologist Zhang Jin Hua; Lab Analyst Fadzilah Salim; and Principal Lab Manager Ngoh Li Ee. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
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While the mystery flu that has hit the Chinese city of Wuhan has not reached Singapore's shores, scientists with the Home Team have already begun working on a way to test for the virus.

This comes after China recently released a draft genome of the newly discovered virus, which has seen 45 confirmed cases in Wuhan, as well as infections confirmed in Japan and Thailand.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 19, 2020, with the headline Singapore team working on test for Wuhan virus. Subscribe