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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 http://www.dyneimmune.com to learn more.
Dyne Immune LLC
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