Ebolavirus: Real-time RT-PCR Based Assays
Screening and Typing
A real-time RT-PCR based assay for identification of the five Ebolavirus species and Marburgvirus was added to the product portfolio of altona Diagnostics, a diagnostic company headquartered in Hamburg, Germany.
Together with their already existing RealStar Filovirus Screen RT-PCR Kit for first-line analysis, which is currently used in the epidemic epicenter in West-Africa by the European Mobile Laboratory, altona Diagnostics offers a comprehensive assay family for the detection and characterization of filovirus RNA from human sample material.
While the Filovirus Screen RT-PCR Kit detects all 5 Ebolavirus species without differentiation as well as Marburgvirus, the typing kit is meant to be used as a second-line assay for confirmation of positive results and to distinguish between the five Ebolavirus species as well as Marburgvirus.
The ready to use real-time PCR kits for screening and typing of filoviruses are available as Research Use Only reagents currently. The IVD CE marked version of the RealStar Filovirus Screen RT-PCR Kit will be available in September 2014.