25th March 2021 Product update: Thermo Fisher Industrial
USDA-Licensed RT-PCR Avian Flu Diagnostic Available
Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched its VetMAX™-Gold AIV Detection Kit: a rapid RT-PCR-based testing solution that detects avian influenza with a high level of specificity, sensitivity, and reproducibility.
- Targets 3 different sequences within virus
- Fast & simple to use
Avian influenza (AI) is a highly contagious viral disease that can infect several species of birds, such as chickens, turkeys, quails, guinea fowls, and ducks.
It is caused by an A-type influenza virus: a single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the orthomyxoviridae family. AI can present many signs in birds, from a minor disease with few or no clinical signs to a disease that can quickly become fatal and lead to a serious epidemic.
Low pathogenicity AI viruses can cause various clinical problems ranging from infections to drops in egg production. Highly pathogenic avian influenza belonging to H5, H7, and H9 subtypes can cause severe disease with high morbidity and mortality rates in commercial poultry operations.
Virus transmission between birds occurs mainly by respiratory secretion and fecal material, but can also happen indirectly, through bird droppings carrying the virus, or contaminated food, water, and materials.
The VetMAX™-Gold AIV product is a federally approved diagnostic test for avian influenza that contains all the necessary reagents and controls in a single detection kit.
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Date Published: 25th March 2021
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