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Quidel Receives FDA Clearance for Its Lyra(TM) Molecular PCR Assay for the Detection of Infections From Pyogenic Streptococcus Group A and C or G
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Group A Streptococcus are Gram-positive bacteria, primarily residing in the nose, throat and skin; they are responsible for several illnesses, ranging from strep throat or skin infections to severe illnesses (necrotizing faciitis, or streptococcal toxic shock syndrome).1 Strep throat, or streptococcal pharyngitis, is the most common illness from Group A Streptococcus infections. These bacteria are spread through contact with airborne droplets from an infected person's cough, sneeze or via contaminated items such as eating utensils.2 Group C and G Streptococcus (GCS and GGS, respectively) bacteria are less understood than Group A bacteria, although some strains of GCS and GGS have been increasingly reported to cause infections similar to those caused by GAS.3 Most are treated with penicillin or other beta-lactams.
Lyra Direct Strep Assay accurately identifies pyogenic Group A and pyogenic Group C or G. Non-group A strains, especially Group C&G, are found in a significant number of Group A negative symptomatic patients (≥20%) and treatment appears to shorten the symptomatic period of the disease.4
The Lyra Direct Strep Assay kit includes an extraction-free, three-step sample preparation process that does not require time-consuming automated extraction. This fast and easy direct-to-amplification procedure allows the assay to generate a result in just over an hour.
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