Roche un­veils three new mon­key­pox tests as cas­es rise

Health ex­perts main­tain that the cur­rent mon­key­pox sit­u­a­tion is a stark con­trast to Covid. Even so, a hand­ful of biotechs have sprung to ac­tion, in­clud­ing Roche, who quick­ly de­vel­oped a set of three tests to de­tect the virus.

Roche and sub­sidiary TIB Mol­bi­ol un­veiled their Light­mix Mod­u­lar Virus test kits on Wednes­day — three unique test kits that can help track the spread of mon­key­pox.

The first kit de­tects or­thopoxvirus­es, in­clud­ing all mon­key­pox virus­es orig­i­nat­ing from the West African and Cen­tral African forms of the virus. The sec­ond kit is a spe­cif­ic test that de­tects mon­key­pox virus­es on­ly, while the third si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly tests for both or­thopoxvirus­es and mon­key­pox virus­es.

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