Qiagen launches world-1st test that IDs monkeypox over viruses with similar symptoms

Molecular diagnostics company Qiagen launched the first syndromic test that differentiates between monkeypox and five other viruses with similar symptoms.

The QIAstat-Dx Viral Vesicular Panel is currently for research use only, Qiagen said Aug. 15. It tests for the two known forms of monkeypox, and differentiates them from herpes simplex virus 1 and 2, human herpesvirus 6, varicella-zoster virus and enterovirus, which all produce similar lesions.

The test can be used for monkeypox case surveillance, but is not approved for screening or diagnosing.

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