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How to Improve Accessibility to Testing for GI Infections

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"How to Improve Accessibility to Testing for GI Infections"

Infectious diarrhea, or gastroenteritis, continues to be a significant health threat worldwide, causing numerous deaths, especially among vulnerable populations in the US.

This condition is largely attributed to foodborne pathogens domestically, as highlighted by the US Food and Drug Administration, which reports millions suffering from foodborne illnesses annually. Recent developments in nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) via PCR have transformed gastroenteritis diagnostics, moving away from slower, less reliable stool cultures to rapid, accurate tests. Multiplex syndromic NAAT panels, capable of detecting multiple pathogens simultaneously, have further advanced the field, especially in hospital settings. However, these tests are costly, prompting outpatient clinics to rely on reference labs that offer more affordable and still timely diagnostics.

In this article from Applied BioCode, Anami Patel, chief scientific officer of molecular diagnostics and genomics at PathAI, discusses the evolution of gastrointestinal infection testing and how newer, efficient testing methods can significantly enhance patient care.

This article was originally published in the August 2024 issue of Clinical Lab Products, pages 12-15, and is provided here with permission from Clinical Lab Products.


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