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17th November 2021  Content supplied by: Hygiena

PCR Found to be the Better Method for Legionella Colony Confirmation


Researchers from Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB) and Kantonales Labor Zürich recently published a study that found PCR to be the ideal tool for confirming Legionella colonies.

In the comparison study, not only was the PCR-based method found to be very quick but colonies were also identified with the highest level of specificity. Furthermore, cross-reactions leading to false positives or false negatives did not occur with our proven test. This was all verified by MALDI-TOF performed in the Swiss reference laboratory.

BIOTECON Diagnostics’s microproof® Legionella Quantification LyoKit is set up as a multiplex test, identifying or even quantifying L. spp., L. pneumophila, and L. pn. serogroup 1 in one run.

Documented limitations of agglutination-based analysis do not occur with our proven test. This ISO 11731 compliant method will set the benchmark for all laboratories worldwide that still carry out time-consuming sub-cultivations followed by agglutination tests with limited specificity.

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Date Published: 17th November 2021

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