By Smitha Mundasad -
A new blood test can help doctors tease out whether an infection is caused by a virus or bacteria within two hours, research in Plos One suggests.
It could stop patients being given antibiotics when they are not needed, scientists say.
It is still at a laboratory stage but the team is working on a portable device too.
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Ref: A Novel Host-Proteome Signature for Distinguishing between Acute Bacterial and Viral Infections. PLOS ONE (March 2015) | DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120012