BIOTECON Diagnostics GmbH introduces EHEC testing, including the specific detection of the dangerous O104: H4 strainSince May 2011, a high incidence of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), caused by infection with EHEC (enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli), has occurred mainly in northern Germany and neighboring European countries with sometimes fatal consequences.
BIOTECON Diagnostics GmbH has been a resource for molecular biology in the food industry since 1998. To address the current epidemic, the company has developed a rapid test to detect EHEC that also specifically identifies EHEC O104: H4. This definitive test is offered in the custom service laboratory of BIOTECON Diagnostics and provides verified results within 24 hours whether EHEC bacteria and specifically EHEC O104:H4 are present in the food sample.
“Our rapid test to detect the dangerous strain E. coli O104:H4 is highly specific and provides significant advantages over conventional methods in the shortest time possible." says Dr. Berghof-Jäger, company founder and CEO of BIOTECON Diagnostics GmbH.
Using conventional methods, the human pathogenic EHEC bacteria are difficult to differentiate from harmless E. coli that normally colonize the human intestine. In the new test offered at BIOTECON Diagnostics, EHEC Shiga toxins stx1 and stx2 as well as the intimin eae gene are detected by PCR. A particular combination of signals then point to the presence of E. coli O104: H4, which is confirmed in a final PCR analysis.
BIOTECON Diagnostics GmbH is the developer of the foodproof® product line of real-time PCR tests for the detection of Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli O157, Campylobacter, as well as other pathogens and spoilage organisms in food and beverages. With proven experience, the company possesses an official permit to work with pathogens, such as EHEC, in their custom service laboratory.
For an immediate solution to quickly and reliably detect dangerous EHEC O104:H4 and other food-related pathogens, contact BIOTECON Diagnostics GmbH.
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