The QuickStripe™ Adenovirus is a rapid immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of Adenovirus antigens in human nasopharyngeal specimens (swab, nasopharyngeal wash and aspirate) to aid in the diagnosis of Adenovirus respiratory infection.
Most infections with adenovirus result in infections of the upper respiratory tract. Adenovirus infections often show up as conjunctivitis, tonsillitis (which may look exactly like strep throat and cannot be distinguished from strep except by throat culture), an ear infection, or croup. A combination of conjunctivitis and tonsillitis is particularly common with adenovirus infections. Some children (especially small ones) can develop adenovirus bronchiolitis or pneumonia, both of which can be severe. In babies, adenoviruses can also cause coughing fits that look almost exactly like whooping cough. There are 57 described adenoviruses serotypes in humans, differentiated primarily by serological and DNA analysis, which are responsible for 5–10% of upper respiratory infections in children, and many infections in adults as well. Many serotypes are known to cause specific syndromes in humans. Morphologically, the adenoviruses are non-enveloped icosahedral structures about 80 nm in diameter.
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