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Indian company made RT-PCR kit to identify monkeypox virus, infection will be detected in 1 hour

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The cases of monkeypox are increasing rapidly all over the world. So far this disease has spread in more than 20 countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 200 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed so far. All the hospitals regarding the monkey pox are on alert. Instructions have been given to take necessary precautions. Instructions have also been given to admit the patients who get the symptoms of monkeypox in a separate ward. Expert told that, monkeypox virus has taken birth. However, no patient has come forward yet, but hospitals have been instructed to take precautions. Meanwhile, the good news is that an Indian private health company has announced to make a real-time RT PCR kit to detect the monkeypox virus.

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So to detect this virus a medical devices company on Friday announced to have developed a real-time RT-PCR-based kit for the detection of Monkeypox (Orthopoxvirus) virus. “The Research and Development team of Trivitron Healthcare has developed an RT-PCR based kit for the detection of Monkeypox virus.

Trivitron`s Monkeypox Real-Time PCR Kit is four colour fluorescence based kit, which can differentiate between Smallpox and Monkeypox in a one-tube single reaction format, with a total turnaround time of 1 hour,” said a statement by the company.

“The WHO recommended specimen type for laboratory confirmation of Monkeypox is skin lesion material, including swabs of lesion surface and/or exudate, roofs from more than one lesion, or lesion crusts. Hence, both dry swabs and swabs placed in VTM can be used,” added the statement.

Meanwhile, with monkeypox cases being identified across the world, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) official on Friday said that India is prepared in view of increasing infections in the non-endemic countries, however, no cases have been reported in the country so far.

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