The Zika Outbreak
Posted January, 26, 2016 by Artron
An outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus is rapidly spreading across many South American countries, leading the Centre for Disease Control to issue a Level 2 travel alert and health officials in these regions recommending women to avoid pregnancy until further notice.
Worldwide concern has arisen due to its alarming association with neurological damage seen in infants whose mothers were affected with the virus during their pregnancy.
Artron Unveils New Zika Rapid Test KitPosted January, 26, 2016 by Artron
This is a rapid, visual, qualitative and convenient immunochromatographic in-vitro assay for the deferential detection of IgG & IgM antibodies to Zika virus in human serum, plasma, and/or whole blood samples. The Zika test kit is available in cassette and strip form.
The test consists of Zika-specific antigens conjugated to a colloidal gold. In the presence of IgG or IgM antibodies to Zika virus, a visible pink line will appear along either of these antibodies’ respective test lines on the nitrocellulose membrane, alongside a control line. If a test line and control line appear pink, this is taken as a positive test result for Zika virus. If no test line, but a control line is present, this is taken as a negative result. If neither a test line nor a control line is present, this is taken as an invalid result.
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