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Investment into latest microbiology laboratory methods brings Rapid ID methods for microbiological assays, including 4hr Legionella Testing.

In just 4 hours our Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) Legionella testing approach can provide accurate results, a crucial aspect for the ongoing safe operation of vital public facilities. In comparison, culture isolation, the standard method for the quantification of Legionella, can take up to 10 days to obtain results.

What is qPCR?
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), is a laboratory technique used to make multiple copies of a specific fragment of DNA. When the PCR is coupled with the use of fluorescent detection technology, the DNA amplification can be monitored at real-time and the pathogen investigated in the sample quantified (qPCR).

PCR technology is recommended for urgent Legionella analysis. This method amplifies and simultaneously detects and quantifies a targeted DNA molecule, so if no positive result is obtained, Legionella is unlikely to be in the system.

Why choose qPCR?
qPCR has subsequently been specifically developed to increase efficiency in the real-time monitoring of Legionella in water systems. The rapid turn-around time, sensitivity and specific detection of Legionella bring high level benefits when compared to traditional culture methods.

In less than 4 hours we are able to identify and quantify the levels of Legionella present in water samples. This means that within hours of a suspected outbreak we can provide confirmed presence/absence of Legionella, and also facilitate faster monitoring of sensitive sites, such as hospitals, using this rapid real-time monitoring approach.

To find out more about our rapid methods for Legionella and also Mycobacteria and Pseudomonas aeruginosa contact us

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