New blood test can quickly tell if infection is from bacteria or virus - Should limit antibiotic use

03/22/2015 - 00:00

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.


Ref:  A Novel Host-Proteome Signature for Distinguishing between Acute Bacterial and Viral Infections. PLOS ONE (March 2015) | DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120012