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

can be quickly identified and receive appropriate care or be discharged, thus making healthcare resources available to those most in need.

"Prior to the approval last month of xTAG GPP, we did not have a test that would allow us to rapidly detect a comprehensive array of disease-causing pathogens for infectious gastroenteritis," said PD Dr. Frauke Mattner, of Kliniken der Stadt, Institute of Pathology and Institute for Hygiene.  "The ability of xTAG GPP to detect not only several different types of E. coli, but also the presence of the Stx-2 gene, a key marker of this more severe STEC strain, is allowing rapid identification of patients who may be suffering from an infection of this outbreak strain. This innovative technology is an important advance and an invaluable tool in the management of the current crisis."  

"We are pleased and proud that our new innovative assay, xTAG GPP, is helping health care professionals in Germany rapidly identify patients who may be infected with this pathogen and is assisting them during this crisis," said Patrick J. Balthrop, president and CEO of Luminex.  "All of my Luminex colleagues across the globe share a serious concern for those affected and hope for a resolution to the current situation as quickly as possible."

About xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel (GPP)

Luminex's xTAG GPP can simultaneously detect fifteen of the most common disease-causing gastrointestinal pathogens, including viruses, bacteria and parasites, such as E. coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella and C. difficile all within 5 hours. xTAG GPP received CE mark approval in May of 2011 from European regulatory authorities and is now being used as an important aid for patient triage in the current outbreak.  

More information on Luminex and xTAG GPP can be found at www.luminexcorp.com/gpp , or Luminex's European office at, Krombraak 15, 4906 CR Oosterhout, Th
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SOURCE Luminex; Kliniken der Stadt Köln, Institute of Pathology and Institute for Hygiene
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