Tuberculosis (TB) Test Pack
What Is Tuberculosis (TB)?
Tuberculosis (TB) is spread primarily via airborne transmission of aerosolized droplets produced by coughing, sneezing and talking. Areas of poor ventilation pose the greatest risk of exposure to infection. TB is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, resulting in the greatest number of deaths due to a single infectious agent. The World Health Organization reports that more than 8 million new cases of active tuberculosis are diagnosed annually. Almost 3 million deaths are attributed to TB as well. Timely diagnosis is crucial to TB control, as it provides early initiation of therapy and limits further spread of infection. Several diagnostic methods for detecting TB have been used over the years including skin test, sputum smear, and sputum culture and chest x-ray. But these have severe limitations. Newer tests, such as PCR-DNA amplification or interferon-gamma assay, have been recently introduced. However, the turn-around time for these tests is long, they require laboratory equipment and skilled personnel, and some are neither cost effective nor easy to use. These tests are also expensive and not practical for developing countries. Serological methods constitute an attractive alternative, since TB serodiagnosis is simple, inexpensive, relatively non-invasive, and it does not depend on detection of mycobacteria. The TB Tuberculosis Rapid Test Device (Serum/ Plasma) is a rapid test to qualitatively detect the presence of anti-TB (M. tuberculosis, M. bovis and M. africanum) antibodies (all isotypes: IgG, IgM, IgA, etc.) in Whole Blood /Serum / Plasma. The test utilizes a combination of recombinant antigens to selectively detect elevated levels of anti-TB antibodies in Serum or plasma.
What do I get in this pack?
You will receive:
5 x Test Device
5 x Sample Diluent (Buffer solution)
5 x Pipettes (inside the pouch)
1 x Instructions For Use
The expiry date is January 2017.
This kit assumes you are a medical professional and already have a fingertip blood collection device (e.g. safety lancet).