- Flu and other serious pulmonary infections affect 5 million people annually, killing 500,000.
- Treatments vary greatly for bacterial or viral infections – Identification of the pathogen is necessary for rapid appropriate intervention, to limit the duration and severity of symptoms.
- Antibiotic resistance, accelerated by the needless use of antibiotics during a viral infection, is cited by the World Health Organization as a major threat to global public health.
Respiratory Pathogen Panel Targets
Influenza A H1
Influenza A H3
Respiratory Syncytial Virus A
Respiratory Syncytial Virus B
Parainfluenza virus 1
Parainfluenza virus 2
Parainfluenza virus 3
Parainfluenza virus 4
What is PCR?
POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION TESTING (PCR) ENABLES HIGHLY ACCURATE AND RAPID IDENTIFICATION OF DISEASE. IT IS A TECHNIQUE BY WHICH WE CAN OBTAIN GENETIC MATERIAL FROM A VIRUS OR BACTERIA AND FORCE THE RNA TO REPLICATE FOR STUDY IN THE LAB. BECAUSE WE KNOW THE GENETIC MARKERS FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE, WE CAN COMPARE THE SPECIMEN TO KNOWN PATHOGENS AND IDENTIFY THE INFECTION WITH VERY HIGH CONFIDENCE.