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Cepheid CE marks one-hour screening test for MRSA

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Cepheid has CE marked its Xpert MRSA/SA nasal test for sale in Europe, and has simultaneously launched the test in "all European countries". It detects both methicillin-resistant and -sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and SA, respectively) in less than an hour. Conventional lab culture tests take at least 24 hours. The diagnostic is the first on-demand molecular presurgical screening test for the simultaneous detection of both pathogens, the Sunnyvale, California firm claims. It is available on Cepheid's GeneXpert system.

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