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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Qiagen Provides Solutions for Swine Flu Surveillance

Qiagen has announced that two of its tests can be used to screen for the swine flu virus. Data analysis of the viral gene sequences showed that the artus Influenza LC RT PCR Kit and the Resplex II 2.0 Kit, can be used to detect whether or not Influenza A virus sequences are present in a sample, including the H1N1 subtype. If the sample proves positive, treatment with medication such as Tamiflu or Relenza can be prescribed, according to the recommendations given by the corresponding drug manufacturers.

"We have compared the swine fever virus' sequence with our assays. The primers, which define the starting and end points of a genetic sequence that is amplified to make the target sequence visible, match 100 percent for the artus kit and almost 100 percent for the Resplex kit", said Dr Thomas Grewing, senior director, R&D. "We are now working closely with reference institutions to have both assays further re-validated and optimized based on clinical samples".

Both test kits are for research use only. They have not been cleared or approved by authorities including the United States Food and Drug Administration or any other regulatory agency in the United States, or under the European IVD Directive, for human diagnostic or other clinical use, and are not intended and should not be used for human diagnostic or any other clinical purposes.

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prodeckuk said...

A school near me in the UK has closed down for a week.Not even a big city!its coming!!

Amanda said...

People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu. More than 1100 people worldwide have died from swine flu since it emerged in Mexico and the US in April, according to the latest figures from the World.

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