Bio-Rad's iQ-Check™ Legionella Test Receives 1st AFNOR Validation in Water PCR Analysis
|The internationally recognized French certification body, AFAQ AFNOR Certification, has granted the iQ Check™ Legionella method its first approval for the detection and quantification of Legionellae by real-time PCR. The kits were validated according to the validation protocol based on French standard XP T90-471. |
In less than 15 years, more than 40,000 legionellosis cases have been reported in Europe, with more than 3,000 deaths. In the USA, it is estimated that 8,000 to 18,000 cases occur each year.
The agent, the Legionella bacterium, is common and can be found naturally in environmental water sources. When the bacteria get into aerosol-producing water systems (air conditioning, spas, fountains, hot and cold sanitary waters, cooling towers, etc.), they can cause a risk to humans. Regular testing for the presence of Legionella in such water supply systems is the only way to prevent the disease.
Efficient Legionella Monitoring with iQ-Check Legionella method
Bio-Rad has developed a complete, integrated solution based on real-time PCR for Legionella monitoring. The iQ-Check Legionella method thus provides reliable results in just 4 hours, with no need for confirmation, whereas the standard culture methods take 2 to 12 days.
The iQ-Check Legionella method includes high-yield DNA extraction (Aquadien kit) and 4 sensitive, specific real-time PCR kits for the detection or quantification of Legionella spp. or Legionella pneumophila. All forms of Legionellae (free bacteria, VBNC, Legionellae carried by amoebae or living in biofilms) are detected in a wide range of water samples (cooling towers, hot sanitary waters, spas, etc.).
Finally, the iQC Legionella PCR kit offers an easy quality control of the method in your lab according to the XP T90-471 standard requirements. Reagents combined with automatic statistical analysis will guarantee performances at set-up and over time when used on a regular basis.
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Source: Bio-Rad Laboratories, S.A. View latest company information
Posted: January 14, 2008
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