NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the company's updated Xpert MRSA/SA Blood Culture test running on the GeneXpert system.

The test detects methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus aureus in blood culture bottles indicating gram-positive cocci in clusters to determine whether a patient's blood is infected with either bacterium, which are frequent causes of sepsis in hospitalized patients.

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