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Holborn Wells India develops monkeypox real-time PCR detection kit

by Vaishali Sharma

In response to the virus’s rapid expansion in many nations, Holborn Wells India has developed a real-time PCR kit for the identification of the monkeypox virus (MPXV). The test was created in collaboration with Holborn Wells in the United Kingdom.

Monkeypox is a rare viral illness that mostly affects Central and Western Africa, according to Dr Sunil Kumar, Holborn Wells CTO, who was a prominent scientist at Duke University for a decade before to joining Holborn Wells India. It was originally found in laboratory monkeys in 1958.

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Although the monkeypox virus is zoonotic, human-to-human transmission can occur through contact with skin lesions, bodily fluids, and respiratory secretions. The Holborn Wells Monkeypox Real-Time PCR detection kit is very sensitive and gives results in 90 minutes.

Several clusters of the monkeypox virus have been identified throughout the world in recent weeks. Early detection with such tests is critical to assisting scientists and monitoring such emerging infectious disease concerns.

For research purposes, Holborn Wells test kits are available.

First Monkeypox case in India

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare verified the first monkeypox case in India on Thursday, with a tourist from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who landed in Kerala three days ago testing positive for the viral illness. In response to a confirmed case of monkeypox in Kerala’s Kollam district, the Union Health Ministry dispatched a high-level multi-disciplinary team to work with state health authorities in implementing public health measures.

The Central delegation visiting Kerala included specialists from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr RML Hospital in New Delhi, top officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and experts from Kerala’s Regional Office of Health and Family Welfare.

The team will collaborate closely with the state health departments to assess the situation on the ground and identify required public health initiatives. According to the Ministry of Health, the Centre is taking proactive measures by closely monitoring the situation and collaborating with states in the event of an epidemic.

(This post has been published from a wired news agency with some modifications to the text and headline.)

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