Oxoid Tests Allow Rapid Diagnosis Of The
Majority Of Causes Of Gastroenteritis
Article Date: 19 Jun 2009 - 2:00 PDT
Oxoid, a world leading microbiology brand, is pleased to announce that the
ProSpecT™ range of qualitative enzyme immunoassays has recently been extended
to include test kits for Adenovirus, Astrovirus, Clostridium difficile,
Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia,
Giardia/Cryptosporidium, Rotavirus, Shiga Toxin Escherichia coli.
These easy-to-use, diagnostic tests for enteric infectious disease (gastroenteritis),
caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites, require minimal hands-on time, are
suitable for automated protocols (DSX™ and Triturus®) and provide results in
less than 2 hours. The test kits have common substrate, wash buffer and stop
solution, plus colour-coded kit-specific components for ease of handling.
Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. The main
symptom is diarrhoea, with other symptoms, such as abdominal pain, cramping,
nausea and vomiting, also seen. The diarrhoea and vomiting can lead to
patients, particularly young children and the elderly, rapidly becoming
dehydrated. Although many cases do not require hospitalisation, it is
estimated that gastroenteritis causes 5-10 million deaths per year
Gastroenteritis may be caused by viral, bacterial or parasitic infections,
with the most common routes of infection being food, contaminated water or
contact with an infected person. Although anyone may become infected, people
at a higher risk include young children, the elderly, immunocompromised
people and travellers.
Rapid, differential diagnosis of the cause of infection is important, both
for patient treatment and appropriate infection control measures. ProSpecT
tests are quick and easy to perform, giving sensitive and specific results
for the majority of causes of gastroenteritis.
Oxoid is part of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving
Reference: 1. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/
Thermo Fisher Scientific