The Oxoid DrySpot™ Pneumo Test is a latex agglutination test for the detection of capsular antigen from Streptococcus pneumoniae to provide rapid identification of Strep. pneumoniae isolated from culture plates and blood culture.
Use this dry latex agglutination test for the identification of Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Blue latex particles sensitised with specific rabbit antibody are dried onto the test card. These react with recognised serological types of pneumococci to form agglutination and provide the test reaction area.
Blue latex particles sensitized with non-reactive rabbit globulins are dried onto the test card to provide the control reaction area. Streptococcus pneumoniae is a primary cause of bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and otitis media. The anti-phagocytic properties of the polysaccharide capsule are the key to the organism’s virulence. The organism may harmlessly inhabit the upper respiratory tract but may also gain access to the lungs by aspiration where it may establish an acute pneumonia. In addition, this organism also accesses the blood stream and the meninges to cause acute, purulent life-threatening infections.
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