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EIAgen Mycoplasma pneumoniae IgM



brief description

Mycoplasma are the smallest, free-living micro-organisms (300nm-800nm). They have no cell wall and this makes them resistant to antibiotics. They have bacterial characteristics and are part of the normal flora of humans. Some species have been identified as parasites in animals and humans, of which three are recognized as human pathogens - Mycoplasma hominis, Ureaplasma urealyticum and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. 15 - 20% of all pneumonias are due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Transmission is by droplet infection. The Mycoplasmas infect the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and produce symptoms of respiratory disease after a relatively long incubation time of 10-20 days e.g. primary atypical pneumonia, tracheobronchitis, bronchiolitis. Secondary non-respiratory complications may also occur, either alone or in association with these above named symptoms e.g. cardial problems and organ inflammation. The first infection generally occurs in children from 5 to 15 years of age. Secondary infections can occur because immunity is incomplete. The endemic infection rate in adults is almost 100%.

intended use

Enzyme immunoassay (EIA) kit for the Determination of Antibodies to Mycoplasma pneumoniae in human serum

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