Wellcogen™ S. pneumoniae is a rapid latex test for use in the qualitative detection of capsular antigen from Streptococcus pneumoniae (Pneumococcus), present in body fluids as a consequence of infection or in blood cultures. NOTE: Tests performed directly on clinical specimens are intended for screening purposes and should augment, not replace, culture procedures. Results must be used in conjunction with other data; e.g. symptoms, results of other tests, clinical impressions etc.
Use this rapid latex test in the qualitative detection of capsular antigen from Streptococcus pneumoniae (Pneumococcus) present in body fluids, as a consequence of infection, or in blood cultures.
The reagent consists of polystyrene latex particles which have been coated with antibodies purified from an omnivalent serum which reacts with all the recognised serological types of pneumococci. These latex particles agglutinate in the presence of sufficient homologous antigen.
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