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Mylab launches combined RT-PCR test kit for monsoon diseases

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Saturday, July 16, 2022, 12:15 Hrs  [IST]

In its continued effort toward developing pioneering products for detection of infectious diseases, Mylab Discovery Solutions has announced the launch of ‘PathoDetect Extended Monsoon Fever Panel’, a comprehensive multiplex RT PCR test kit for all monsoon diseases.

The Extended Monsoon Fever Panel demonstrates high sensitivity and specificity, and efficiently differentiates malaria, chikungunya, dengue, zika, leptospirosis and salmonellosis bacterial species, and Leishmaniasis parasites. The combined kit is highly accurate, user-friendly, compact and can process samples to result within 2 hours, therefore, can be implemented for mass testing.

Speaking about the launch of the detection panel, Hasmukh Rawal, founder and MD, Mylab Discovery Solutions, said “Dengue, chikungunya, malaria, zika, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, etc. are major vector-borne diseases that pose a significant threat to India. The precise diagnosis of many of these diseases remains a significant challenge because of lack of accurate and reliable diagnostic methods. We are proud to present the Extended Monsoon Fever Panel, which will create a paradigm shift in the diagnosis of seasonal epidemic prone diseases.  Accuracy and speed of diagnosis coupled with its efficiency to distinguish the causative agents will make it an extremely beneficial method to manage these diseases”.

“There is a great opportunity for us to use the infrastructure created for control of the Covid-19 virus to monitor the mosquito-borne diseases in elimination programmes. RT-PCR is the most accurate screening solution for detecting vector-borne disease as it was in the case of Covid-19. It can prevent further spread of the diseases and aid in disease elimination”, he added.

Commenting on the Extended Monsoon Fever Panel, Dr. Sumedha Chaudhari, MD microbiologist, lab director, ACU-MDX said, “As in the case of Covid-19, Real-Time PCR is the gold standard for testing for infectious diseases. I am confident that the Extended Monsoon Fever Panel will be beneficial for early and accurate diagnosis of all these monsoon diseases and help appropriate initiation of treatment.”

Vector-borne diseases exert a huge burden of morbidity and mortality in India and across the world. Globally, 17 per cent of infectious diseases are spread by vectors and cause about 700,000 deaths annually. Some of the most common diseases by mosquito bites are malaria, dengue, chikungunya, zika, kala azar, leptospirosis, salmonellosis.

 

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