New Quantitative Legionella Rapid DNA Test: Results in 24-hours

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Sporometrics is pleased to announce their new Quantitative PCR Test for Legionella pneumophilia. Contact us to stay up to date on analytical innovation.

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Legionella Testing Results in Hours NOT Days

Sporometrics’ is pleased to announce their new qPCR DNA-based method specifically for testing Legionella pneumophila in water samples that has the advantage of much greater sensitivity coupled with the potential to provide results in as little as 24h.

This method involves DNA extraction and DNA testing by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). This method has been extensively validated, and has been used widely in Europe for several years. While this test cannot differentiate between active colonization and residual DNA from dead cells, its strength is that it provides a rapid, highly conservative screen for this important pathogen as a means to guide public health intervention. When rapid turn-around-time and definitive, accurate detection and precise quantification are required, Sporometrics’ Legionella pneumophila quantitative (real-time) PCR DNA-based test is the recommend choice.

Why choose Sporometrics’s q PCR Legionella pneumophila water test?

Rapid and Accurate Results
qPCR rush results can be available within 24hrs or less. Our regular turn-around-time is only 48-hrs.

Most methods for testing fluids for L. pneumophila rely on culture. Although culture-based methods remain the current gold-standard means of determining the presence of this bacterium, this technique has poor sensitivity (negative results cannot reliably predict the absence of contamination), and they typically require 10-14 days to complete testing.

Proven Technology
QPCR rush results can be available within 24 hrs or less. Our regular turn-around-time is typically 48 hrs. Most methods for testing fluids for L. pneumophila rely on culture. Although culture-based methods remain the current gold-standard means of determining the presence of this bacterium, this technique has poor sensitivity (negative results cannot reliably predict the absence of contamination), and they typically require 10-14 days to complete testing. This method has been extensively validated, and has been used widely in Europe for many years; it was approved in 2006 by the French Association of Normalization (AFNOR), a parallel standards body to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Since 2012, Public Health Ontario changed to a qPCR test for Legionella for lower respiratory tract specimens. Since 2014, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) requires weekly qPCR testing in federal buildings during “Emergency Mode”.

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About Sporometrics:

Sporometrics Inc. is a privately owned Canadian company that provides microbiological testing services for environmental matrices including air, fluids and solid materials. Since its inception in 1993, Sporometrics has been an industry leader in basic and applied scientific research on biomedical, industrial and environmental microbes. Sporometrics is an independent laboratory that assists consulting and engineering firms, industry, and government by providing objective scientifically-based assessments.

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