New rapid candida test helps direct treatment
Thermo Scientific Limited has launched a new rapid colorimetric test for Candida albicans. O.B.I.S. albicans (ID0700M) differentiates Candida albicans from other yeast species on standards diagnostic culture media in just one hour.
Recent trends in the incidence of invasive Candida infections have highlighted a need for the rapid differentiation of C. albicans from non-albicans Candida species. In addition to a worldwide increase in systemic Candida infections¹, some countries have found that an increasing proportion of these infections are due to non-albicans Candida species². Although C. albicans is sensitive to azoles, which are the most widely used of all antifungal agents, some non-albicans Candida species are resistant to the azole group of drugs. It is therefore important to obtain rapid, species-level identifications in order to direct appropriate antifungal treatment.
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Posted on June 6, 2005