Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

PathAlert Infectious-Agent Detection System

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

PathAlert Infectious-Agent Detection System

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PathAlert[TM] Detection System, a cost-effective screening and confirmatory detection system for infectious agents, has undergone successful evaluations coordinated by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). In those tests, the system was shown to be sensitive and specific for the identification of air and waterborne pathogens.

The PathAlert Detection System can be used by government, military, and research organizations for accurate detection of infectious agents such as Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), Yersinia pestis (plague), Vaccinia (smallpox simulant), and Francisella tularensis (tularemia) in samples collected from the air, food, and water. According to the U.S. EPA assessment, the system accurately detected infectious agents such as anthrax and plague in drinking water with no false positives or false negatives at expected sensitivity levels.

Each PathAlert Detection Kit is a reagent system optimized for the detection of a specific infectious agent. Based on multiplex-PCR, the kits detect multiple regions of pathogen DNA and include internal and external controls, greatly reducing false-positive and false-negative readings. …

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