Respiratory and gastrointestinal infections are among the top 10 causes of death in the world and have remained one of the leading causes of death globally in the past 15 years.

Respiratory infections caused three million deaths worldwide in 2016. The number of deaths from diarrhoeal diseases was 1.4 million in 2016. Similarly, tuberculosis is still among the top 10 causes of death, with a death toll of 1.3 million.

Identifying the pathogens causing the infections is one of the most important means for treatment and for the reduction of preventable deaths. Additionally, it enables a country's health system to be assessed and the focus of its public health actions to be determined.

Identification techniques

Molecular techniques such as Real Time PCR are high-sensitivity and specificity techniques that enable identification of the etiological agent in a short period of time. The VIASURE Real Time PCR kit is in a lyophilised format that is ready for use. Its high stability and resistance to high temperatures allows transport and storage at room temperature for a long time, avoiding the use of a network set-up and ensuring the maintenance of the cold chain, as well as high reproducibility of the results due to the absence of extra pipetting.

VIASURE Real Time PCR kits are designed to detect multiple pathogens in a single sample, depending on the area and public health situation. Their high portfolio of products and flexibility of use allow the kits to be adapted for the diagnosis of different infectious diseases, helping to monitor the effectiveness of the therapeutic treatment and assisting in clinical decision-making.