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Texas VA Hospital Buys Cepheid’s Xpert MRSA Kit

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — A Veterans Affairs hospital in Houston has bought a Cepheid test that detects antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus bacteria, the company said today.
 
Cepheid said the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center has bought its GeneXpert MRSA kit, which tests for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus, the most common cause of nosocomial infections.
 
The MRSA also is resistant to oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin, and affects those with weakened immune systems.
 
The MRSA test runs on Cepheid’s GeneXpert System, and can produce results in “just over an hour,” the company said.
 
The US Food and Drug Administration cleared the Xpert MRSA test on April 18.

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