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Latest Molecular Diagnostics Technology Aids German Hospital in Management of European E. coli Crisis
Date:6/8/2011

AUSTIN, Texas and KOLN, Germany, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ: LMNX) and the Kliniken der Stadt Koln, Institute of Pathology and Institute for Hygiene today announced that Luminex's newly released xTAG® Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel (GPP) is being used successfully as a first-line screen for patients at Kliniken der Stadt Koln suspected of having an E. coli infection.  This includes the detection of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) causing Shiga-like toxin producing E. coli strain responsible for the current outbreak.

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Kliniken der Stadt Koln Institut fur Pathologie worked with Luminex last week to quickly implement this new diagnostic assay when they successfully showed xTAG GPP was able to accurately detect the outbreak pathogens in patient samples.

As of 7 June at 15:00 CET World Health Organization (WHO) reported 2,745 people in 12 European countries have been sickened by E. coli.  Since the beginning of May, there have been 722 notified cases of HUS and 25 deaths – nineteen fatalities resulting from HUS infections and six fatalities from E. coli non-HUS infections.  Staff at Kliniken der Stadt Koln Institut fur Pathologie, who use the Luminex xTAG Respiratory Viral Panel (RVP), have quickly adopted xTAG GPP as an important first line screen to help manage the current outbreak in Germany.

Since xTAG GPP can rapidly and simultaneously identify 95% of acute gastroenteritis pathogens, infected patients can be quickly identified and appropriately managed. Positive STEC patients can be closely monitored and treated in parallel with confirmatory testing.  Additionally, patients who are infected with other causative infectious agents; or those who are negative,
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