West Nile virus is a mosquito transmitted virus which can be spread to humans and other animals alike. Typically, West Nile Virus is spread from mosquitoes originally picking up the infection through feeding on infected birds. West Nile Virus is more prominent in warmer climates due to the rise in mosquito activity. West Nile Virus has been found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East so it very much a global issue. Most individuals who become infected with WNV will not experience any sort of symptoms whilst roughly 1 in 5 infected individuals will develop a fever amongst other symptoms, with less than 1% of cases leading to neurologic illness which can be fatal.
Research into the WNV is of paramount importance despite the fact that most cases are mild. In the instances of the virus penetrating the blood brain barrier, life threating conditions can be produced such of inflammation of the spinal cord and brain.
Qnostics – West Nile Virus
Qnostics are now providing Quality Control for West Nile Virus to further facilitate your research and to increase the confidence which you’ll have in your results. As well as providing controls for WNV Qnostics also have produced controls for the Zika Virus to help equip your laboratory in researching of exotic diseases.
Monitoring for the presence of exotic diseases is an essential parameter in guiding clinical treatment and patient outcome. Exotic diseases are infectious diseases that were previously confined to specific regions globally which are now appearing in new and unexpected areas. With global warming and travelling globally becoming more and more prominent, exotic diseases may rise simultaneously as these are believed to be two key factors in their spreading.
The use of quality control measures is important in ensuring the appropriate daily performance of the molecular assay used in the laboratory independent of the technology. The Qnostics West Nile Virus controls provided by Randox are designed to monitor these infectious diseases and are designed to be treated as a patient sample within an assay run. Helping to support their accreditation requirements in line with 15189 or ISO 17025.
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