SK: Rabies Test for LIVE animals!! THANKS C!!

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Fri Feb 6 14:16:59 PST 2009

Dyne Immune's Portable, Low-Cost Rabies Screen Delivers Life-Saving 
Information To Veterinarians, Animal Workers In Minutes

05 Feb 2009 - 0:00 PST

Dyne Immune, LLC announced their new, portable Rabies RAPID (Rapid Antibody 
Portable Immunodetection) Screen, which can detect the presence of rabies in an 
animal saliva sample within 30 minutes, providing vital information much 
sooner than traditional testing methods. The screen allows veterinarians, animal 
control officers and other professionals to check for rabies in animals that 
are still alive, eliminating the long wait (10 to 14 days) and hefty price tag 
associated with typical post-mortem rabies testing. 

"This test can reduce the number of animals destroyed and save doctors and 
animal control organizations from the costs associated with traditional 
testing," said Dyne Immune CEO, Dr. V. James DeFranco, MD. "Most importantly, though, 
it enables them to screen for rabies and get an answer quickly -- and that's 
essential when it comes to preventing the infection from spreading." 

Rabies RAPID™ Screen detects the virus' antigen in saliva and indicates a 
positive result in the low microgram-per-milliliter range. A simple results 
window in the screening kit indicates within minutes whether an animal is infected 
with rabies. The test is packaged in a small, lightweight kit that can be used 
both in the field and in the lab as a primary screening tool. 

The technology was put to the test last month when a local New York Humane 
Society tried out the kit on a newly admitted stray kitten. Rabies RAPID™ Screen 
indicated the kitten may have been positive for rabies antigen, and was 
immediately quarantined. In the meantime, the entire Animal Contro l staff was 
alerted to protect themselves and other animals from possible exposure. 

Veterinarians, animal control workers and wildlife professionals play a key 
role in protecting people and their pets from rabid animals. Their work places 
them at an increased risk for rabies exposure. Pre- and post-exposure rabies 
vaccines are available, but rabies' relatively long incubation period means 
that animals and people may unknowingly come into contact with an infected 
animal. Confirming the presence or absence of the virus quickly could speed the time 
taken to receive post-exposure vaccination. It could also help animal care 
workers limit their exposure, and help protect uninfected animals by determining 
which animals pose a danger. 

There is no cure for rabies. Without post-exposure vaccination, the disease 
is almost always fatal in both animals and humans. 

In 2008, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reported 
that cases of rabies in the United States had increased by 4.6% the previous 
year. Approximately 40,000 Americans are treated for potential exposure each 
year, usually from bats, raccoons, squirrels and occasionally, cats and dogs. 

According to the World Health Organization rabies kills approximately 55,000 
people every year around the world. 

About Dyne Immune LLC 

Dyne Immune is dedicated to the development of technology for the detection 
and prevention of infectious disease. The company specializes in making the 
latest in antibody/antigen technology available20in affordable, portable and 
practical tool kits that can make a real and timely difference in the lives of 
animal welfare workers, human health care professionals and those they serve. 
Visit to learn more. 
Dyne Immune LLC 

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