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Image: The cobas TaqScreen WNV test: a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect West Nile virus (WNV) RNA in plasma from blood, organ and tissue donor (Photo courtesy of Roche Diagnostics).

Routine Donor Screening Revealed Acute Usutu Virus

Usutu virus (USUV) an Old World flavivirus included in the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) antigenic complex is transmitted by mosquitoes to birds that act as the main amplifying hosts, while humans are considered incidental or dead-end hosts. More...
20 Apr 2017
Image: The FilmArray multiplex polymerase chain reaction system used for point-of -care diagnosis of acute respiratory diseases (Photo courtesy of bioMérieux).

Novel Flu Test Developed to Speed Up Treatment

A novel way of using a swab test has been developed which can rapidly diagnose influenza and other viral infections in patients with severe respiratory conditions, resulting in shorter courses of antibiotics and less time in hospital. More...
20 Apr 2017
Image: The Chagas Stat-Pak rapid test for the diagnosis of Chagas disease (Photo courtesy of Chembio).

Rapid Tests Conclusively Diagnose Chagas Disease

Chagas disease is caused by infection with the Trypanosoma cruzi that are generally transmitted by triatomine vectors that are endemic to the Americas. It affects several million people and severe cardiac and/or digestive complications occur in about 30% of the chronically infected patients. More...
19 Apr 2017
Image: The BacT/ALERT VIRTUO fully automated blood culture microbial system (Photo courtesy of bioMérieux).

Automated Blood Culture System Receives FDA Clearance

An innovative blood culture microbial detection system is now commercially available in countries that recognize CE marking and in the USA and is the first continuously monitoring blood culture microbial detection system to offer “Load & Go” technology. More...
19 Apr 2017
Image: A high-resolution scanning electron micrographs of the biosensor, demonstrating bacteria cells confined within the pores. Some of the bacteria cells are false-colored to ease observation (Photo courtesy of Professor Ester Segal).

Biosensor Chips Identify Antibiotic Treatment Faster

Bacterial infections are still a major cause of death in the Western world, and because of over and mistreatment antibiotics resistant bacterial stains are increasing every day. In the UK, it is estimated that 300,000 patients a year acquire infections in hospital, with over 9,000 dying from bacterial infections. More...
14 Apr 2017
Image: A histology of lepromatous leprosy; the bacilli are densely clustered within the cytoplasmic vacuoles of foamy histiocytes (Photo courtesy of Dr. Sampurna Roy, MD).

Severity Biomarker Found for Leprosy and Leishmaniasis

Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a systemic, and most severe form of leishmaniasis and soluble CD163 (sCD163) levels can serve as biomarker for disease severity in several inflammatory disorder, including leprosy. More...
14 Apr 2017
Image: The Gram-negative Burkholderia pseudomallei in culture with its characteristic colony shape (Photo courtesy of MMG).

Antigenic Targets Compared for Melioidosis Serodiagnosis

Melioidosis, caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei, is a life-threatening infection endemic in tropical countries and definitive diagnosis of the disease relies upon bacterial culture, which requires suitable laboratory facilities and reliable antibody testing. More...
13 Apr 2017


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