LONDON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- British and other European researchers are developing a test for the rapid diagnosis of bird flu.
Britain's Nottingham Trent University said portable machines capable of quickly identifying the deadly H5N1 disease could save countless lives.
The research project is being led by the French company Genewave.
The Portfastflu project could cut diagnosis time to just two hours, Nottingham Trent said in a release. The new tool would allow instant screening of people who are ill and distinguish between those carrying deadly strains from those who have less serious strains of the flu.
Scientists are working on two machines -- a briefcase-sized version for use in the field and a table-top version for use in hospitals.