The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and recent outbreaks of MERS, and deadly strains of Influenza have reinforced that emerging and changing infectious diseases are a global threat. Infectious disease outbreaks can occur anywhere in the world. Rapid movement of people and goods around the globe increases the opportunity for local outbreaks to quickly spread worldwide. Tuberculosis has become a major problem in many parts of the World and antibiotic resistance is increasing. In addition all bacteria and viruses that cause outbreaks need to be rapidly identified and tracked.
Rapid and safe identification can be accomplished with Longhorn's Prime System. This is a molecular diagnostic system, which allows infectious agents to be safely collected, transported and accurately identified within a couple of hours versus days for traditional cultures.
The collection system, PrimeStore®, inactivates microbes including Mycobacterium tuberculosis from clinical and environmental specimens and prevents nucleic acid degradation during shipping and storage. DNA/RNA is preserved at ambient temperature without refrigeration or freezing and is therefore suitable for surveillance and tracking infectious pathogens.
The pathogen specific detection system, PrimeMix®, is an all inclusive, one step PCR reagent mix currently in development for point of collection detection. It is also temperature stable and can be field deployed.
Current PrimeMix® Assays:
- M. tuberculosis complex
- Influenza A or B
- Subtype: H1, H3, H5, H1/09
- Ebola: NP, VP (In Development)