Respiratory Pathogen Panel

The Need

  • 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

Viral Targets

Influenza A

Influenza A H1

Influenza A H3

Influenza B

Respiratory Syncytial Virus A

Respiratory Syncytial Virus B

Rhinovirus/Enterovirus

Parainfluenza virus 1

Parainfluenza virus 2

Parainfluenza virus 3

Parainfluenza virus 4

Human Metapneumovirus

Adenovirus

Coronovirus HKU1

Coronovirus NL63

Coronovirus 229E

Coronovirus OC43

Human Bocavirus

Bacterial Targets

Chlamydophila pneumoniae

Mycoplasma pneumoniae

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.

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