CerTest RSV + Adenovirus Resp. one step combo card test is a coloured chromatographic immunoassay for the simultaneous qualitative detection of Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Adenovirus antigens from nasal swab, nasopharyngeal wash or aspirate specimens.
CerTest RSV + Adenovirus Resp. combo card test offers a simple and highly sensitive screening assay to make a presumptive diagnosis of Respiratory Syncytial Virus and/or Adenovirus respiratory infection. The clinical presentation of infections caused by the heterogeneous group of the respiratory viruses can be very similar.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia among infants and children under 1 year of age.
Illness begins most frequently with fever, runny nose, cough and sometimes wheezing. Severe lower respiratory tract disease may occur at any age, especially among the elderly or among those with compromised cardiac, pulmonary or immune systems. RSV is spread from respiratory secretions through close contact with infected persons or contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.
Adenoviruses most commonly cause respiratory illness; however, depending on the infecting serotype, they may also cause various other illnesses, such as gastroenteritis, conjunctivitis, cystitis and rash illness. Symptoms of respiratory illness caused by Adenovirus infection range from the common cold syndrome to pneumonia, croup and bronchitis.
Patients with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to severe complications of Adenovirus infection. Adenovirus is transmitted by direct contact, fecal-oral transmission and occasionally waterborne transmission. Some types are capable of establishing persistent asymptomatic infections in tonsils, adenoids and intestines of infected hosts and shedding can occur for months or years.