Empowering appropriate antimicrobial use with rapid diagnostics.

The Problem

Traditional detection methods focus exclusively on O157 VTEC species which means non-O157 serotypes often go undetected.1 The recent non-O157 outbreak in Germany caused substantial mortality and highlighted the need for new diagnostics to address this pathogen.2 In 2012, there were multiple outbreaks of Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli infections in the United States from certain sources and varieties of green, leafy produce.3 Treatment with antibiotics for VTEC infection is not recommended as it can increase the likelihood of developing complications such as HUS.4