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Novel H1N1 Virus - Specimen Collection Resources

Virocult swab
On 11th June, the World Health Organisation raised the alert level for Novel H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) to Phase 6, or pandemic, because of persistent person-to-person transmission in multiple continents.

Already programmes for vaccine production are underway in several countries, but over the next few months as firstly the southern hemisphere enters its influenza season, and then with the predicted surge in cases in the northern autumn and winter, there is a need for continued vigilance and surveillance of influenza virus strains. It is not yet known how stable the genotype will be, and there is the possibility of recombination with the current seasonal flu strain.1
Various test strategies are being employed in different countries. A number of specific PCR kits are already available, and there is the continued need to submit specimens for full characterisation by cell culture. In these circumstances it is essential to use a reliable specimen collection system, such as Virocult® or Sigma -Virocult®. In fact Medical Wire has a complete range of collection devices, whether required for immediate use and transfer to a kit or system, or for transport at ambient temperatures to a distant reference laboratory.

Product Code Product Name Features Application
MW950 Virocult® Classic Virocult® virus transport medium (VTM) in a foam pad with standard plastic shaft swab with rayon bud Molecular tests and cell culture
MW975 Virocult ® NPG As MW950, with flexible twisted wire shaft with rayon bud for nasopharyngeal samples Molecular tests and cell culture
MW950S Sigma-Virocult® New format for a trusted product. Self-standing vial (conical base) with Virocult® VTM combined with swab tipped with open-cell foam for optimum specimen collection and release. Molecular tests and cell culture
MW950S2 Sigma-Virocult® Duo As MW950S, with 2 swabs for multiple sites. Molecular tests and cell culture
MW940 Sigma-Swab™ Open-celled foam tip bud on plastic shaft in peel pouch Molecular tests
MW941 Sigma-Swab™ Open-celled foam tip bud on plastic shaft in labelled tube Molecular tests
MW942 Sigma-Swab™ Duo Open-celled foam tip bud on plastic shaft (x2) in labelled tube Molecular tests, for specimens from multiple sites
MW102 Dry Swab Standard Dry Swab, Plastic shaft & Rayon bud in Labelled Tube Molecular tests
MW102D Dry Swab Standard Dry Swab, Plastic shaft & Polyester (Dacron)  bud in Labelled Tube Molecular tests
MW112 Dry Swab Standard Dry Swab, Plastic shaft & Rayon bud individual in peel pouch* Molecular tests
MW112D Dry Swab Standard Dry Swab, Plastic shaft & Polyester (Dacron)  bud individual in peel pouch* Molecular tests

* Multiple swabs available on request

Please contact us, or refer to our website www.mwe.co.uk or www.mwe-usa.com in the USA, for full details of any of these products


References:
1. www.cdc.gov/media/transcripts/2009/t090611.htm

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Posted: June 15, 2009
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