New Delhi: On Friday a medical device manufacturer announced the development of a real-time RT-PCR-based kit for the identification of the Monkeypox (Orthopoxvirus) virus.
“Trivitron Healthcare’s Research and Development team has created a Monkeypox viral detection kit based on RT-PCR. The Monkeypox Real-Time PCR Kit from Trivitron is a four-color fluorescence-based kit that can distinguish between Smallpox and Monkeypox in a one-tube single reaction format with a total turnaround time of 1 hour “according to a company statement
“Skin lesion material, including swabs of lesion surface and/or exudate, roofs from several lesions, or lesion crusts, is the WHO-approved specimen type for laboratory confirmation of monkeypox. As a result, both dry swabs and swabs immersed in VTM can be used “added the assertion
Meanwhile, with monkeypox cases being found around the world, an official with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) stated on Friday that India is prepared in light of rising illnesses in non-endemic nations, though no cases have been reported in the country thus far.