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2022

Schistosomiasis Test

Schistosomiasis is a disease of poverty that affects children as well as women of reproductive age.   Schistosomiasis is linked to inflammation of the placenta, to poor birth outcomes and to maternal anemia. Some forms of schistosomiasis are linked to 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.  We aim to change that with these rapid schistosomiasis tests.

We carry this 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 an antigen.

The Urine-CCA (Circulting Cathodic Antigen)  Schistosomiasistest (kit of 50 rapid tests)

• 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 and is ideal for settings where a lab or microscopic detection is out of reach

The Maternova Schistosomiasis Test Contains:

-50 Disposable testing cartridges
-Buffer Solution
-Clear concise directions

Schistosomiasis causes poor birth outcomes including low birth weight

-Inflammation in the placenta
-Linked to maternal anemia
-Some forms of schistosomiasis are linked to HIV risk increases
-Linked to child stunting and reduced cognition

Called the disease of poverty, schistosomiasis or bilharzia is 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.

Schistosomes are blood-dwelling flukes belonging to the class Trematoda, but differ from other trematodes having separate adult male and female parasites. Sexual reproduction happens in the definitive host (humans, cattle, etc), depending on the Schistosoma species and the asexual reproduction phase happens in the snail (intermediate host). Cercaria (released by specific snail species in the water) enters the human body through the skin. 

he young schistosomulum is most susceptible to immune damage. Employing certain evasion mechanisms, the worm becomes refractory, or even immunologically unrecognisable to certain aspects of the host defense mechanism. Adult parasites may survive for many years in the host, even up to 40 years.

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