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Abbott Receives FDA Clearance for Molecular Diagnostic Test for Detection of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Infections
Date:6/28/2010

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"New tests were needed to target additional parts of the chlamydia bacteria, and Abbott responded fast to our request for research test kits that would pick up the variant strain," said Torvald Ripa, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control, Hospital of Halmstad, Sweden, who discovered the new strain.  

While there have been no reports of the variant strain in the United States, chlamydia remains the nation's most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD), according the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In 2008, more than 1.2 million chlamydial infections were reported to the CDC, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year.  Under-reporting is substantial because many people with chlamydia are not aware of their infections and do not seek testing. By contrast, gonorrhea incidence has remained relatively stable, although the CDC has reported slight overall declines in the rate of infection in recent years.

Public health officials nationwide are particularly concerned by the even steeper increases in chlamydia in teens and young adults.  For example, a recent voluntary chlamydia screening conducted at one high school in Michigan showed that 10 percent of students were infected, according to the county health department.  Routine screening of high-risk populations is viewed by infectious disease experts as essential for controlling the U.S. chlamydia epidemic because the disease can be asymptomatic.  

Molecular or nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) are currently the standard method for detecting chlamydia and gonorrhea infections,
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