Co-Diagnostics, Inc. Launches Vector Control Mosquito Test for EEE Virus
Vector Smart™ NAM-e multiplex PCR test to provide proactive defense against mosquito populations carrying the deadly eastern equine encephalitis virus
EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that kills roughly one-third of those infected and typically leaves survivors with “mild to severe brain damage” according to the CDC. 2019 brought an unexpected surge in cases of EEE in the US, more than 5 times the average, and the 36 confirmed cases across 8 states resulted in 14 deaths.
Mosquito populations are tested, monitored, and controlled by over 1,000 MADs (mosquito abatement districts, publicly funded departments at the city, county, and state level) in
Like the other tests in the Company’s Vector Smart line of PCR products, the NAM-e test was validated using extractions from mosquito samples rather than humans and includes an extraction control specifically for mosquitoes, to reduce the possibility of a false negative result due to an improper extraction. The Company’s NAM-e test is similar to its Vector Smart NAM-w multiplex assay for WNV, SLE and western equine encephalitis (WEE), but identifies EEE instead of WEE.
“Since the launch of our NAM-w test earlier this year, developing a diagnostic tool to identify EEE has been far and away the most frequent request from this industry,” remarked
Follow this link to hear a discussion by Mr. Egan about the importance and impact of the Company’s new test and other recent Company events: https://youtu.be/uQTxPsArVkk
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