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Infectious disease markers

What is an infectious disease?

Infectious disease is the second biggest cause of deaths globally.

The World Health Organisation states that an infectious disease is a disorder caused by pathogenic micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. Many of these organisms live in and on our bodies but are harmless. But under certain conditions they may cause disease

These diseases can spread directly or indirectly from one person to another often via the skin, saliva, blood etc. Some are transmitted via bites from insects or animals.

WHO attributes approximately 90% of all disease related deaths to six deadly infections:

  • human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS)
  • malaria
  • rotavirus/diarrhoea
  • measles
  • pneumonia
  • tuberculosis (TB)

There are several methods for treating infectious diseases, including prevention, vaccination, and pharmaceutical treatment.

To help stop the spread of infectious diseases it is essential to make an early diagnosis and formulate a plan to treat them effectively.

There are many different types of in vitro diagnostic tests to help diagnose infectious diseases including ELISA and lateral flow assays.

Are you developing an assay to detect an infectious disease?

BBI can help.

We offer a diverse range of markers that are ideal for numerous applications including life science research, immunodiagnostic platform assays, ELISA’s, lateral flow, and quality assurance control manufacture.

See the table below for details on our flagship products in the infectious disease area.

Name

Function

Dengue markers Dengue is transmitted by the bite of an aedes mosquito. It occurs in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. This product is recombinant with amino acid residues 55-216 and binds to murine monoclonal antibodies structural epitopes. Recommended use: ELISA and Western ELISA. Recommended Concentration: ELISA 1-2ug/ml.
HIV markers Acute HIV-1 infection presents in the majority of cases as a transient symptomatic flu-like illness, associated with high levels of HIV-1 replication and a virus-specific immune response. It therefore is important to make a diagnosis in cases of fever of unknown origin. There are no HIV-1-specific antibodies detectable at this early stage of infection and the diagnosis therefore requires specific laboratory tests for the detection of HIV-1 antigen.
Malaria markers A range of biomarkers suitable for detection of malaria species such as P. falciparum, malariae, ovale, and vivax.

 

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