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Cytomegalovirus is a common virus and in the same family as herpesvirus. CMV is spread from direct contact of body fluids as in saliva, urine, blood, semen, breast milk and vaginal fluids.
CMV infections are widespread and typically asymptomatic. Severe infections can be seen in newborns and immunocompromised individuals. This virus can appear and persist as a latent or chronic infection.
Usually, healthy adults and children who get symptoms will retrieve from CMV without any antiviral treatment. However, in individuals with weakened immune systems, CMV causes serious diseases such as hepatitis, colitis, pneumonia, retinitis or encephalitis.
Diagnosing CMV infections is through the detection of CMV antibodies or by finding infected patient’s CMV DNA. No vaccine is available for CMV.
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The specimen should be collected after fasting or at least one hour after meals because of the lipemic serum that may disrupt the test.
Store the test kit at 2 to 8 C° and keep the test kit in a dry bag. The reagents are stable until the expiration date. Avoid storing in heat, sun or strong light.
Bring the test kit to room temperature before using it. Open the sealed pouch, take out the test cassette and use it right after opening it. Put the cassette on an even and clean surface. Put the specimen up to the fill line which is about 10μl. Then put the specimen into the specimen well and add two drops of buffer (80μl) and start the timer. The results should be readable after 15 minutes, however, do not interpret results after 20 minutes.
The test result is positive if 2 or 3 lines appear; if only one colored line appears then the results are negative. One colored line will always appear in the control line region to make sure the specimen volume is correct or there has happened incorrect procedural techniques. If no control line appears the results are invalid.
- Do not remove slides from pouches until ready for testing;
- All reagents should be brought to room temperature (20 to 25°C) prior to use;
- Reagents should not be used beyond stated expiration date;
- Do not expose conjugate to strong light during storage or use.