Qiagen has launched a research-use-only (RUO) syndromic test to differentiate between monkeypox and five other pathogens that cause similar symptoms.
QIAstat-Dx Viral Vesicular Panel RUO comes in cartridge form and runs on the company's QIAstat-Dx automated syndromic testing devices. The panel allows medical researchers to detect monkeypox in about one hour using PCR-testing technology.
It tests for the two known forms of the monkeypox virus (the so-called West African and Congo Basin clades), herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1), HSV2, human herpesvirus 6 (HH6), varicella-zoster virus (VZV), and enterovirus.
These viruses produce similar-looking vesicular lesions.