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MA2022

Schistosomiasis Rapid Test

Detect schistosomiasis within 20 minutes with the Maternova Urine CCA Test Kit. 50 disposable testing cartridges/cassettes allow for ready testing for schistosomiasis using urine rather than the more difficult Kato Katz fecal methods typically used in the field.

  • Allows schistosomiasis to be detected within 20 minutes
  • Replaces the triple Kato Katz fecal method with a single urine test (similar sensitivity)
  • Detects active infection of schistosomiasis in settings where a lab or microscopic detection is out of reach

THE PROBLEM

Schistosomiasis or bilharzia is a disease of poverty that affects children as well as women of reproductive age. A neglected tropical disease caused by a parasite living in freshwater snails, it is highly prevalent in poor farming communities that lack adequate safe water or sanitation. In 2015, 252 million people worldwide were affected by schistosomiasis, which is found mostly in Africa, Asia, and South America. Schistosomiasis is linked to inflammation of the placenta, to poor birth outcomes like low-birth-weight, and to maternal anemia. Some forms of schistosomiasis are linked to an increased risk of HIV. Reproductive health programs, even in endemic areas, often fail to recognize the burden that schistosomiasis places on women before, during and after pregnancy.

THE SOLUTION

Maternova is carrying a new urine-based test which is an improvement over the current methods to test for schistosomiasis. The rapid schistosomiasis test uses just a bit of urine (like a pregnancy test) to detect the presence of Urine-CCA (Circulating Cathodic Antigen), present in people with the disease. The test, which uses a cassette, is fast and easy to use. The test should only be used as one of the tools in assisting the diagnosis of an active schistosoma infection. 

To test, a sample of urine is pipetted to the sample well of the test. The test works by detecting the CCA antigen in the sample as it flows through the assay by first, labeled CCA antibodies that attach to CCA antigens and provide a “visual tag” for the antigen-antibody-colloidal gold complex and second, by a test zone with immobilized CCA antibodies that capture the complex, the visual tags producing a visible pink-colored band that is confirmation of the presence of CCA antigens and a positive result for schistosomiasis. If there is no pink line, CCA antigens are not present, indicating a negative result for schistosomiasis. Results are ready in 20 minutes. 

The Maternova Schistosomiasis Test Contains:

  • 25 disposable testing cartridges
  • Buffer solution
  • Clear, concise directions

CE marked device.

Detect schistosomiasis within 20 minutes with the Maternova Urine CCA Test Kit. 50 disposable testing cartridges/cassettes allow for ready testing for schistosomiasis using urine rather than the more difficult Kato Katz fecal methods typically used in the field.

  • Allows schistosomiasis to be detected within 20 minutes
  • Replaces the triple Kato Katz fecal method with a single urine test (similar sensitivity)
  • Detects active infection of schistosomiasis in settings where a lab or microscopic detection is out of reach

THE PROBLEM

Schistosomiasis or bilharzia is a disease of poverty that affects children as well as women of reproductive age. A neglected tropical disease caused by a parasite living in freshwater snails, it is highly prevalent in poor farming communities that lack adequate safe water or sanitation. In 2015, 252 million people worldwide were affected by schistosomiasis, which is found mostly in Africa, Asia, and South America. Schistosomiasis is linked to inflammation of the placenta, to poor birth outcomes like low-birth-weight, and to maternal anemia. Some forms of schistosomiasis are linked to an increased risk of HIV. Reproductive health programs, even in endemic areas, often fail to recognize the burden that schistosomiasis places on women before, during and after pregnancy.

THE SOLUTION

Maternova is carrying a new urine-based test which is an improvement over the current methods to test for schistosomiasis. The rapid schistosomiasis test uses just a bit of urine (like a pregnancy test) to detect the presence of Urine-CCA (Circulating Cathodic Antigen), present in people with the disease. The test, which uses a cassette, is fast and easy to use. The test should only be used as one of the tools in assisting the diagnosis of an active schistosoma infection. 

To test, a sample of urine is pipetted to the sample well of the test. The test works by detecting the CCA antigen in the sample as it flows through the assay by first, labeled CCA antibodies that attach to CCA antigens and provide a “visual tag” for the antigen-antibody-colloidal gold complex and second, by a test zone with immobilized CCA antibodies that capture the complex, the visual tags producing a visible pink-colored band that is confirmation of the presence of CCA antigens and a positive result for schistosomiasis. If there is no pink line, CCA antigens are not present, indicating a negative result for schistosomiasis. Results are ready in 20 minutes. 

The Maternova Schistosomiasis Test Contains:

  • 25 disposable testing cartridges
  • Buffer solution
  • Clear, concise directions

CE marked device.

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