01.08.2016 - New MYKODERMOASSAY for dog and cat
MEGACOR extends its MYKODERMOASSAY portfolio!
The MYKODERMOASSAY MALASSEZIA is a special culture medium for the qualitative detection of veterinary relevant Malassezia spp.
Malassezia dermatitis and otitis mostly are of secondary nature, resulting of a dysbalance of the natural skin flora (e.g. strong skin wrinkles through obesity, enhanced skin fat production, increased ambient temperature and humidity, skin diseases like allergies and parasitoses, hormone dysbalances etc.). Malassezia pachydermatis stands as protagonist for pathogen skin alterations like seborrheic dermatitis with strong itching and erythema as well as single or double-sided otitis externa with frequent shaking the head and permanent scratching.
With help of the MYKODERMOASSAY MALASSEZIA special culture medium, Malassezia spp. can be cultivated easily and within 48–72 h and classified on the basis of their characteristic colony colour and appearance.
With this, the veterinarian can initiate fast and targeted therapy and prophylaxis measures (zoonosis!). Parallel to this, a diagnostics and therapy of the basal primary disease or the prevention of the predisposing factors is essential.
More information here.
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13.07.2016 - New: FASTest® C. perfringens
C. perfringens belongs to the physiological gut flora and is facultative pathogen. Its toxins can cause extremely variable (mild to lethal progression forms) failures of the intestinal water and electrolyte balance. The main symptom is extreme, therapy resistant diarrhoea with liquid-stinking feces with blood, later fibrin additions. Often, only an inflated abdomen can be present in acute cases. Because an antibiotic treatment without aetiological detection is contraindicated, a fast and safe diagnostics is mandatory.
The FASTest® C. perfringens allows the veterinarian a rapid aetiological on-site diagnosis of a C. perfringens infection, the quick initiation of therapy as well as of necessary quarantine and prophylaxis measures.
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22.06.2016 - New double test: FASTest® CDV-CPV Ab
According to the “guideline for vaccination of small animals” it is true: “Vaccinate more animals, each animal as often as needed!” For evaluation of an individual vaccine program, in the annual health counselling the talk about vaccination should be valued high: Does the patient have a good immunity (adequate antibody titre) against Canine Parvovirus and Canine Distemper Virus? From which titre before vaccination on, a booster vaccination makes sense?
With help of the on-site, fast, simple and reliable FASTest® CDV-CPV Ab you have the possibility to determine the antibody status for Parvovirus and Distemper Virus. This is an important component in diagnostics for your decision about the necessity of a booster vaccination.
Literature: Ständige Impfkommission Vet. im Bundesverband Praktizierender Tierärzte e. V. (bpt) Leitlinie zur Impfung von Kleintieren; August 2009
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04.04.2016 - UPGRADE MegaBLOT® LYME IgG or IgM
The MegaBLOT® LYME IgG or IgM is a LINE immunoassay (LIA) for the qualitative detection of specific IgG or IgM antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in plasma or serum of dogs.
- affinity-purified, highly specific recombinant Borrelia antigens (p100, OspA, p58, p39 [BmpA], p41 [flagellin], OspC, p18)
- direct antigen application on defined test line positions
- simple test procedure
- simple and objective evaluation of the test line positions
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19.10.2015 - New MEGACOR IgG rapid test for foals
Qualitative detection of IgG antibodies
FASTest® IgG equine is an immunochromatographic rapid test for the qualitative detection of IgG antibodies in whole blood, plasma or serum of the foal.
The humoral immune defence is guaranteed by the formation of blood soluble antibodies (immunoglobulins). The immunoglobulins G (IgG, gamma globulins) belong to the antibody class G mainly directed against viruses and bacteria.
An inadequate transfer of colostral IgG onto the foal is one of the most important predisposing factors for infectious foal diseases in the neonate phase. Consequence of partial (IgG: 4 to 8 mg/ml) to complete failure (IgG < 4 mg/ml) of passive transfer (FPT) often are septicaemias, causing 50% of all foal losses in the first week of age.
The optimal time slot for foals is 8 (risk foals) to 24 hours post natum. FASTest® IgG equine enables the veterinarian on-site, without any technical costs and within 10 minutes to confirm a suspicion for FPT in the foal.
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13.10.2015 - Cryptosporidiosis
In a PCR study about cryptosporidiosis in a horse clinic with foal intensive care boxes, a prevalence of 37.8 % was determined. This is clearly higher than in horse stud farms (1-21 %). The authors conclude that intensive care foal boxes seem to support the spread of cryptosporidiosis.
The FASTest® CRYPTO Strip enables the veterinarian a fast and reliable on-site diagnostics and therefore rapid therapeutic and prophylactic measures for animal and man (zoonosis!).
- Tierärztliche Praxis Großtiere - Kompendium - 4/2015: Jennifer Nieth, S. 250
- Galuppi R et al. Epidemical survey on Cryptosoridium in an Equine Perinatology Unit. Vet Parasitology 2015; 210: 10-18
17.09.2015 - New: Storage at room temperature
MYKODERMOASSAY TRIO ad us. vet.
DERMATOPHYTOSIS – highly infectious skin disease with zoonotic potential
for the detection of veterinary relevant dermatophytes in pocket pets, pets and farm animals
Can now be stored at room temperature!
13.08.2015 - New: MegaPCR® for Veterinarian and Laboratory
With its new product line MegaPCR® VET, MEGACOR Diagnostik GmbH extends its veterinary medicinal in vitro diagnostics range. Herewith, veterinarians and laboratories are steeled for future challenges in veterinary diagnostics.
- Test-kit for POCKIT™ device, ready-to-use
- The compact PCR for beginners
- Veterinary practice / veterinary hospital
- Veterinary laboratory without experience in PCR
- Test-kit for all established PCR laboratory cyclers
- taco™ extraction device: fully automated DNA purification
- PetNAD™ extraction kit: manual DNA purification
MegaPCR® VET are validated test-kits that can be handled on all common cyclers as well as the newly developed POCKIT™. The POCKIT™ is based on iiPCR and allows PCR newcomers to perform the PCR on-site within one hour. The attractively priced POCKIT™ is suitable for both: laboratories as well as veterinarians, and it also withstands the examination by OIE.
Thereby, both laboratories as well as veterinarians take the lead in diagnostics.
If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us! www.megacor.com
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29.07.2015 - Correlation between leucocyte number and CRP value
A study with 924 dogs revealed no correlation between the leucocyte number and the C-reactive protein (CRP). The leucocyte number can be influenced by various pathologic and physiologic factors, so that with acute inflammation increased CRP values can be seen both with physiological and pathological leucocyte numbers (leucocytosis / leucopenia). On the contrary, the value of CRP concentration reflects the intensity of inflammation as well as its persistence.
Through its low physiological basal concentration, its rapid increase (10-100 fold) already 4h after beginning of the inflammatory stimulus, its peak concentration after 24 h as well as its decrease 48 h after the end of the inflammatory stimulus, the CRP determination as marker of an inflammatory event is a valuable diagnostic component in daily routine.
The FASTest® CRP canine enables the veterinarian to have a simple, rapid and on-site decision whether an inflammatory process is going on or not. Therefore, the initiation of further diagnostic or therapeutic measures on-site is possible.
Kleintierpraxis 60, Heft 7 (2015): Untersuchungen zur CRP-Konzentration bei verschiedenen Leukozytenkonzentrationen: D.Breu, S.Klenner, E. Müller: S. 349-357.
17.04.2015 - FASTest® CRYPTO Strip
A study with 120 snake feces samples of various species showed that the presence of reptile specific Cryptosporidia is rather marginal. More often, C. parvum (zoonosis) and C. muris (feeding with infected prey) were detected.
To exclude possible consequences for human health, reptile stocks should be tested regularly for Cryptosporidia, especially Cryptosporidium parvum.
Source: Kleintierpraxis 60, Heft 4 (2015)
Cryptosporidium bei Heimtierschlangen in Italien: Molekulare Charakterisierung und zoonotische Konsequenzen; Vet Parasitol 197 (1-2): 68-73
12.02.2015 - Giardia duodenalis in dog and cat
Another actual study* confirms the suspicion that dogs and cats are carriers of the human pathogen genotypes (assemblages) A and B.
Therefore, a Giardia infection in dog and cat must be seen as potential zoonotic. To prove the infectious cysts, in principle dogs with intermittent or chronic diarrhoea symptoms should be tested according to the capc.vet guide lines. Due to intermittent cyst shedding, a single negative test result does not exclude a persistent Giardia infection. Hence, with current diarrhoea symptoms and negative test result, a test repetition ca. 1 week later with a fecal sample from 3 consecutive days or of three sequential feces sample is reasonable. Only a repeatedly negative test result can exclude a Giardia infection definitely.
*Literature: V34 Giardia duodenalis bei Hunden und Katzen: eine epidemiologische Studie; S. Rehbein, C. Klotz, E. Müller, A. Aebischer, B. Kohn; 23. Jahrestagung der FG „Innere Medizin und klinische Labordiagnostik“ der DVG (InnLab), 23./24. Januar 2015 in Leipzig, Schattauer Tierärztliche Praxis Kleintiere 1/2015
06.02.2015 - Titre Check before CPV vaccination via FASTest® CPV Ab
Does your patient have a good immunity (adequate antibody titre) against the Canine Parvovirus? From which titre before vaccination, a booster vaccination makes sense?
Although an actual study shows that the German dog population is protected well against Parvovirus, however, many dogs do not react with an appropriate antibody increase after vaccination. Dogs showing a non-protective antibody titre during titre check do react significantly more frequently with an adequate titre increase.
To guarantee an adequate titre increase after vaccination, the verification of the antibody status is highly recommended.
Literature: V35 Prävalenz von Antikörpern gegen kanine Parvoviren und Reaktion auf Wiederholungsimpfung bei gesunden Hunden: M. Riedl, U. Truyen, K. Hartmann; 23. Jahrestagung der FG „Innere Medizin und klinische Labordiagnostik“ der DVG (InnLab), 23./24. Januar 2015 in Leipzig, Schattauer Tierärztliche Praxis Kleintiere 1/2015
03.02.2015 - Diarrhoea in the cat
Despite of the main appearance of Giardia duodenalis single infections (FASTest® GIARDIA Strip), co-infections with Tritrichomonas foetus (InPouchTM TF-Feline) are not seldom.
Therefore, especially in case of "treatment failure for Giardia", an additional tritrichomonads diagnostics with InPouchTM TF-Feline should be done to verify an infection with T. foetus.
Literatur: P03 Giardia duodenalis – Koinfektionen mit Tritrichomonas foetus bei Katzen: J. Csokai, E. M. Sicking, E. Müller; 23. Jahrestagung der FG „Innere Medizin und klinische Labordiagnostik“ der DVG (InnLab), 23./24. Januar 2015 in Leipzig, Schattauer Tierärztliche Praxis Kleintiere 2/2015