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Prompt detection is necessary to prevent outbreaks, secondary transmission and to direct appropriate treatment therapies.1,2
The new SHIGA TOXIN QUIK CHEK test from Alere (developed and manufactured by TechLab®, Inc.) is the only rapid test able to detect VTEC/STEC toxins from all common sub-types directly from fecal samples in under 30 minutes. Prompt detection can ensure antibiotics are not prescribed for VTEC disease potentially improving the clinical outcome of the patient.
- Pennington, H. (2010) Escherichia coli O157. The Lancet, Vol.376, pp.1428–35
- Johnson, K.E., Thorpe, C.M. and Sears, C.L. (2006) The emerging clinical importance of non-O157 Shiga Toxin- producing Escherichia coli. Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 43, pp.1587-95