A new Rapid Diagnostic Test for Opisthorchiasis for point of care use is launched.

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This simplified and novel test kit it was developed by Prof. Dr. Paiboon Sithithaworn working at the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Institute (CARI) at Khon Kaen University. The kit can be used in a resource-poor field setting and is more accurate than the previously used fecal examination. It is designed for urine analysis and provides a result within 10 minutes. It will revolutionize screening for infected victims by increasing the accessibility for diagnosis and treatment, which can lead to reduction in cholangiocarcinoma cases. The test kit was launched for the first time at Chalermprakiat 60 Pansa Nawamindrachinee Tambon Health Promoting Hospital, Tambol Phonngarm, Amphur Kammalasai, Kalasin District Amphur Kammalasai, Kalasin Province, Northeast Thailand with the aim of expanding to other liver fluke endemic areas.

Assoc Prof Narong Kuntikeo, Director of CARI, Prof. Dr. Puangrat Yongvanit, President of Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation of Thailand (CCAF) and Director of the Kamalasai District Public Health Office have joined the launching and stressed that CCAFs main role is in promoting and raising the awareness of CCA for local people in Northeast Thailand. This is a historic day in which research results will be made available as a public utility as the test is easy, convenient, and uses urine instead of fecal specimens. The key issue here is that this diagnostic tool is more accurate than conventional fecal examination. The test kit is now being applied in a Fluke Free Thailand campaign in Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Mahasarakham and Roi Et provinces, northeast Thailand.  

This project was supported by National Research Council of Thailand, Cholangiocarcinoma Research Institute (CARI), Khon Kaen University.