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Dx Focus: Vela Diagnostics' Sentosa Chikungunya Virus Assay


Vela Diagnostics this week announced the availability of the Sentosa SA CHIKV RT-PCR test, a research-use-only PCR-based assay to identify the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus

Singapore-based Vela said that the assay is available for laboratories requiring a surveillance tool to monitor the spread of the virus following a recent outbreak in the Caribbean island of St. Martin.

The new test is validated as part of the automated Sentosa qPCR workflow, Sentosa said. This workflow requires minimum hands-on time and sample input, and is supported by automated reporting and middleware capability that enables sample traceability from input to results.

The new test can run in one panel from the same sample with the Sentosa SA Flu A/B & RSV and Sentosa SA Dengue RT-PCR tests.

Vela said that the new assay is pending CE IVD marking.

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