Immunochromatographic tests for the qualitative detection of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Influenza virus types A and B (in separate bands), as well as SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) and respiratory Adenovirus from respiratory swabs, washings and nasopharyngeal aspirates.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the leading cause of emergency department visits and hospitalization for acute lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children worldwide. In addition, its infective characteristics have made RSV one of the leading causes of nosocomial infection.
Influenza virus is a serious and highly contagious infection of the respiratory tract. Influenza type A viruses are generally more common than type B viruses and are also associated with the most severe influenza epidemics.
Adenovirus is a virus of the Adenoviridae family. The symptoms of Adenovirus infections are similar to a common cold, but unlike other respiratory viruses such as influenza or RSV, it is not seasonal and it can be detected throughout the year.
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (causing COVID-19 disease) is associated with cases of pneumonia with frequent symptoms of dry cough, fever, fatigue or loss of smell, and can easily progress to severe pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, fatal multi-organ failure and even death.
The rapid identification of these viruses, which in many cases share the same symptoms, is very important as it saves on healthcare costs by reducing both the number of hospitalised patients and the drugs prescribed (if it is confirmed to be a viral infection, antibiotics would not be prescribed). In the case of influenza, not all antiviral drugs are effective against Influenza A virus and Influenza B virus. Hence the importance of distinguishing between the two types.
Results in maximum 15 minutes
Compatible with various samples
Simple and safe
Different formats and combinations adapted to different users
Dr. María Alejandra Torres, haemato-oncologic and member of the Venezuelan COVID Commission, gives an interesting overview of all the diagnostic tools currently available for the detection of COVID-19.
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Our RSV, Flu A+B and SARS-CoV-2 detection products use the same dilution buffer. This means that, with a single sample, all three tests could be run and all three viruses could be detected.
All tests are designed for use by healthcare professionals only.
Both the Simple/Stick Ag SARS-CoV-2 test and the Simple Ag SARS-CoV-2/Flu A+B test use monoclonal antibodies specific to the N protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and are therefore suitable for detecting the different prevalent variants of the virus.
Indeed, both tests are designed to be as safe as possible for the user. Both tests are designed to be as safe as possible for the professional who performs them, so the diluent contains virus-inactivating detergents.
The tests detect the nucleoprotein of Influenza virus type A and type B, in separate bands.
Influenza type A viruses are generally more frequent than type B viruses, and are associated with the most severe influenza epidemics (especially the H3N2 subtype), while type B infections are usually milder. Within type A, the H1N1 and H3N2 subtypes are the most important in humans.
Influenza A viruses are generally more common than type B viruses. Within type A, the N1N1 subtypes are the most important in humans. The evaluation of the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of our kit has not been done with samples characterised at subtype level. However, for the determination of the analytical sensitivity of Influenza type A we used a reference standard of the H1N1 subtype, so we can confirm that the Stick/Simple Flu A+B test detects the H1N1 influenza subtype.
The tests detect the F protein, which is responsible for fusion and entry of the virus into the cell. It is present in both subtypes of RSV (types A and B), and in all genotypes into which they are divided.
The tests detect the Adenovirus hexon, which is a highly conserved protein in the various serotypes of the Adenovirus family. Types 3, 4, 7 and 14 are the most commonly associated with respiratory infection.
The tests are compatible with different means of transport, which are indicated in the instructions for use of each product.
In general, we recommend Flocked Swabs from Copan Flock Technologies to ensure optimal test performance. In the Instructions for Use of each product, the swabs that have been evaluated and with which the best results are obtained are indicated. In addition, we have some references that include swabs.