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Legionella pneumophila – quality PCR

104 Legionella pneumophila – quality PCR

The test consists of detecting the presence of DNA of bacteria Legionella pneumophila. The natural reservoir of this bacteria are surface waters after eutrophication or moist soil. These bacteria also colonize water-sewage network, water bathing systems (showers, bathtubs, swimming pools) and air-conditioners. They cause infections of respiratory tracts (through aerosols developed in air-conditioning systems, showers, saunas, etc.), which may become epidemic. Sick people excrete the bacteria with sputum, however, no human-to-human transmission has been observed. The Legionella type covers 49 species, 80%-90% of infections are caused by Legionella pneumophila. Legionellosis may show in several forms:

-Legionnaires' disease – a form with dominant symptoms of acute pneumonia;

- Pontiac fever – extra pleural form, benign, flu-like;

- extra pleural form - severe, general, septic condition with the sick, e.g. after a transplantation of heart or kidneys.

Test material:

swab of nasopharyngeal cavity, sputum

Transfer method:

room temperature (a set for swabbing respiratory tracts)

Testingmethod:

quality PCR

Delivery date:

up to 7 working days