Singapore team working on test for Wuhan virus

(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 P
(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

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

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 'S'pore team working on test for Wuhan virus'. Print Edition | Subscribe