Syphilis & CHAGAs

Syphilis is caused by the spirochaete Treponema pallidum and is usually acquired by sexual contact, although the disease may be transmitted by transfusion of infected blood. Intrauterine infection also occurs. The infection is a chronic condition that typically progresses through distinct primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary stages of infection. These stages produce diverse clinical symptoms, typically producing initial sores known as chancres then syphilitic rash followed by long periods of dormancy. Untreated infection may eventually result in cardiovascular problems and neurosyphilis. The organism cannot be routinely cultured in artificial media, and diagnosis of the infection usually depends on the demonstration of antibodies in the blood, which appear soon after initial infection.

Rapid Labs offer a choice of highly reliable and effective screening and confirmatory tests for the presence of Syphilis.
•RPR test kits 100 test, 250 test and 500 test, Positive and Negative controls
•VDRL Carbon Antigen, 5ml and 100 test
•TPHA test kits 100 test, 200 test and 500 test
•Rapid Syphilis Strips and Rapid Syphilis Device Tests for Serum/Plasma/Whole Blood
•Syphilis Total Antibody EIA, qualitative and semi-quantitative detection of IgG ,IgM & IgA 96 test, 192 test and 480 test.

Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis)
About 6 million to 7 million people worldwide, mostly in Latin America, are estimated to be infected with Trypansosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease. Vector-borne transmission occurs in the Americas. The insect vector is a triatomine bug that carries the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi which causes the disease. Chagas disease was once entirely confined to the Region of the Americas – principally Latin America – but has since spread to other continents.
Trypanosoma cruzi infection is curable if treatment is initiated soon after infection. In the chronic phase, antiparasitic treatment can also prevent or curb disease progression.
Up to 30% of chronically infected people develop cardiac alterations and up to 10% develop digestive, neurological or mixed alterations which may require specific treatment.
Vector control is the most useful method to prevent Chagas disease in Latin America.
Blood screening is vital to prevent infection through transfusion and organ transplantation.
Diagnosis of infection in pregnant women, their newborns and siblings is essential.

Rapid Labs Syphilis & Chagas IgG EIA are both simple 60 minute total incubation elisa.

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