NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR DETECTION OF LEGIONELLA

The rapidly rising awareness about legionella based diseases and the increase in demand for advanced immunodiagnostic techniques is a direct consequence of rapidly increasing incidences of mild flu and pneumonia like diseases through legionella bacteria. Since legionella bacteria require the presence of iron and cysteine to grow, it is traditionally detected by culture on buffered charcoal yeast extract. This process takes 4 to 5 days for detecting the legionella bacteria.

Advanced immunological techniques such as polymerase chain reaction and rapid immunological assays are efficient to detect the legionella bacteria in few minutes.



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