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Ali A Rabaan, Justin V Saunar, Ali M Bazzi, Joan L Soriano
The CDC recommends antenatal screening of vaginal/rectal samples for Streptococcus agalactiae at 35-37 weeks' gestation, with intra-partum antibiotic prophylaxis for positive cases. We tested a modified use of the Cepheid Xpert GBS real-time PCR kit on enrichment cultures from 554 vaginal/rectal swabs compared to the current subculturing gold standard method. Swabs were inoculated on polymyxin nalidixic acid agar plates, and Todd-Hewitt enrichment broth cultures were examined daily for growth. Todd-Hewitt broth culture was also used for Xpert GBS...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898982/prevalence-of-anal-human-papillomavirus-hpv-and-performance-of-cepheid-xpert-and-hybrid-capture-2-hc2-hpv-assays-in-south-african-hiv-infected-women
#2
Zizipho Z A Mbulawa, Timothy Wilkin, Bridgette J Goeieman, Eefje Jong, Pamela Michelow, Avril Swarts, Jennifer S Smith, Patricia Kegorilwe, Cynthia S Firnhaber, Anna-Lise Williamson
Objectives: This study investigated anal high-risk HPV (HR-HPV) prevalence in HIV-infected women using the Cepheid Xpert HPV assay and compares its performance with that of Hybrid Capture-2 (hc2). Methods: A total of 199 HIV-infected women were recruited from Helen Joseph Hospital, Johannesburg. Stored ThinPrep anal swabs that had previously been tested using hc2 were tested for HPV using Xpert. Results: The HR-HPV prevalence by Xpert was 40...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892765/the-performance-of-luminex-aries-%C3%A2-flu-a-b-rsv-and-cepheid-xpert-%C3%A2-flu-rsv-xc-for-the-detection-of-influenza-a-influenza-b-and-respiratory-syncytial-virus-in-prospective-patient-samples
#3
Phillip McMullen, Sue Boonlayangoor, Angella Charnot-Katsikas, Kathleen G Beavis, Vera Tesic
BACKGROUND: The demand for rapid, accurate viral testing has increased the number of assays available for the detection of viral pathogens. One of the newest FDA cleared platforms is the Luminex ARIES(®) Flu A/B & RSV, which is a fully automated, real-time PCR-based assay used for detection of influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). OBJECTIVES: We sought to compare the performance of Luminex ARIES(®) Flu A/B & RSV assay to the Cepheid Xpert(®) Flu/RSV XC assay for rapid Flu and RSV testing...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855305/field-evaluation-of-the-performance-of-alere-and-cepheid-qualitative-hiv-assays-for-paediatric-point-of-care-testing-in-a-soweto-academic-hospital-south-africa
#4
Tanya Y Murray, Gayle G Sherman, Firdose Nakwa, William B MacLeod, Nosisa Sipambo, Sithembiso Velaphi, Sergio Carmona
Point-of-care (POC) technologies for HIV diagnosis in infants have the potential to overcome logistical challenges that delay treatment initiation and prevent improvements in morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to evaluate the performance of two POC technologies against the current standard of care (SOC) laboratory-based assay in South Africa, when operated by nurses in a hospital environment. Children <18 months of age that were treatment naïve (excluding prophylaxis) and in whom an HIV PCR test was indicated, were eligible for the study...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799824/high-prevalence-of-asymptomatic-sexually-transmitted-infections-among-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-pregnant-women-in-a-low-income-south-african-community
#5
Maanda Mudau, Remco P Peters, Lindsey De Vos, Dawie H Olivier, Dvora J Davey, Edwin S Mkwanazi, James A McIntyre, Jeffrey D Klausner, Andrew Medina-Marino
There is a lack of evidence on the burden of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) and Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) among HIV-infected pregnant women in South Africa. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of HIV-infected pregnant women in two healthcare facilities in a South African township to determine the prevalence of CT, NG and TV. HIV-infected pregnant women were recruited during the first antenatal care visit for their current pregnancy and requested to self-collect vulvovaginal swab specimens...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797447/evaluation-of-the-xpert%C3%A2-hpv-assay-in-the-detection-of-human-papillomavirus-in-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-oropharyngeal-carcinomas
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Maria Gabriella Donà, Francesca Rollo, Barbara Pichi, Giuseppe Spriano, Raul Pellini, Renato Covello, Edoardo Pescarmona, Giulia Fabbri, Manuela Scalfari, Tarik Gheit, Maria Benevolo
OBJECTIVES: The increasing incidence of HPV-related Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OPSCC) and the improved survival of HPV-positive OPSCC highlight the need for effective tools in evaluating HPV status on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) cancers. To date, there is no agreement regarding the most appropriate method for HPV testing on FFPE materials. We aimed to investigate the performance of the Xpert® HPV assay (Cepheid) on crude lysates from OPSCC FFPE tissues. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Crude lysates were obtained by proteinase K digestion of FFPE tissues that had already been analyzed by the INNO-LiPA HPV assay and p16(ink4a) immunostaining...
September 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794179/evaluation-of-the-copan-fecalswab%C3%A2-as-specimen-type-for-use-in-xpert%C3%A2-c-difficile-assay
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Michael J Mashock, Matthew L Faron, Blake W Buchan, Nathan A Ledeboer
Liquid based microbiology (LBM) devices incorporating flocked swabs and preservation medium eases transport of specimens and improves specimen yield compared to traditional fiber wound swabs; however, the performance of LBM collection devices has not been evaluated in many molecular assays. It is unclear how the differences in matrix and specimen loading with an LBM device will affect test performance compared to traditional collection devices. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of specimens collected in FecalSwab™ transport medium (Copan Diagnostics, Murrieta CA) compared to unpreserved stool using the Cepheid Xpert C...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746344/treatment-initiation-among-persons-diagnosed-with-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-johannesburg-south-africa
#8
Denise Evans, Kathryn Schnippel, Caroline Govathson, Tembeka Sineke, Andrew Black, Lawrence Long, Rebecca Berhanu, Sydney Rosen
BACKGROUND: In South Africa, roughly half of the drug-resistant TB cases diagnosed are reported to have been started on treatment. We determined the proportion of persons diagnosed with rifampicin resistant (RR-) TB who initiated treatment in Johannesburg after the introduction of decentralized RR-TB care in 2011. METHODS: We retrospectively matched adult patients diagnosed with laboratory-confirmed RR-TB in Johannesburg from 07/2011-06/2012 with records of patients initiating RR-TB treatment at one of the city's four public sector treatment sites (one centralized, three decentralized)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736821/testing-for-high-risk-hpv-in-cervical-and-tonsillar-paraffin-embedded-tissue-using-a-cartridge-based-assay
#9
Elina Virtanen, Pekka Laurila, Jaana Hagström, Pekka Nieminen, Eeva Auvinen
This study evaluates the suitability of Xpert HPV (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) test for cervical and tonsillar formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue samples as compared to the tests currently used in diagnostics. Cervical biopsies and liquid cytology (LC) samples were collected from 48 women attending colposcopy. Biopsies were processed for histology and tested for hrHPV using Xpert HPV. LC samples were tested using Xpert and Hybrid Capture 2 (HC2; Qiagen, Hilden, Germany) tests. Also 29 archived tonsillar carcinoma samples were tested using Xpert, and the results were compared with histology and immunohistochemical p16INK4a (p16) staining...
July 24, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711526/xpert-hiv-1-point-of-care-test-for-neonatal-diagnosis-of-hiv-in-the-birth-testing-programme-of-a-maternity-hospital-a-field-evaluation-study
#10
Karl-Günter Technau, Louise Kuhn, Ashraf Coovadia, Pamela M Murnane, Gayle Sherman
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care testing (POCT) among HIV-exposed infants might improve linkage to care relative to laboratory-based testing (LABT). We evaluated HIV-1 POCT at birth in the context of universal LABT in a maternity hospital and describe our implementation experience. METHODS: We did a field evaluation study between Oct 1, 2014, and April 30, 2016, at the urban Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital (RMMCH), Johannesburg, South Africa. We aimed to sample consecutive neonates at birth with POCT (Cepheid Xpert HIV-1 Qualitative test) and compared results with those of LABT (Roche COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Qualitative test) with respect to performance in terms of sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and Cohen's κ coefficient, result return, antiretroviral treatment (ART) initiation, and coverage...
July 12, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704202/the-integration-of-the-molecular-methods-in-the-diagnosis-algorithm-for-the-poliovirus-detection-in-the-sewage-water-comparing-concentration-and-detection-methods-a-pilot-study
#11
Anda Bãicuş
Introduction Two cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1(cVDPV1), from southwestern Ukraine, bordering Romania, were confirmed in 2015 and the environmental enterovirus surveillance was enhanced in our country. The molecular detection of human enteroviruses as a screening test followed by isolation on cell culture lines or sequencing could be proposed as a new diagnosis algorithm. Material and Methods The sensitivity of two molecular methods for the detection of enterovirus strains in 10 ml of sewage water (15 samples) was studied with Film Array ME panel BioFire (Biomerieux, France) and Xpert EV assay (Cepheid, USA)...
July 8, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689228/impact-of-a-rapid-molecular-test-for-positive-blood-cultures-from-neonatal-intensive-care-patients-on-clinical-management-a-retrospective-audit
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L L Koh, S O'Rourke, M Brennan, L Clooney, M Cafferkey, N McCallion, R J Drew
BACKGROUND: Both Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase negative Staphylococci are common causes of late-onset neonatal sepsis in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), usually relating to intravascular access device infections. AIMS: This project aimed to review the impact on antimicrobial treatment and clinical outcome in the NICU setting, of the introduction of the Xpert MRSA/SA BC test (Cepheid, USA) for the identification of staphylococci in blood cultures. METHODS: A retrospective audit was carried out of the pre- and post-intervention periods; the intervention was the introduction of the Xpert MRSA/SA BC test...
July 8, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679521/use-of-nucleic-acid-amplification-testing-for-diagnosis-of-extragenital-sexually-transmitted-infections
#13
Lisa A Cosentino, Claire S Danby, Lorna K Rabe, Ingrid Macio, Leslie A Meyn, Harold C Wiesenfeld, Sharon L Hillier
Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) is the preferred method to detect Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, but no commercial tests are cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use with extragenital swab samples. This study evaluated the performance of the Gen-Probe Aptima Combo2 assay (Aptima) and the Cepheid Xpert CT/NG assay (Xpert) to detect C. trachomatis and N. gonorrhoeae in rectal and pharyngeal samples from 224 men and 175 women reporting a history of anal receptive sexual intercourse...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669674/verification-of-the-cepheid-xpert-carba-r-assay-for-the-detection-of-carbapenemase-genes-in-bacterial-isolates-cultured-on-alternative-solid-culture-media
#14
H Tanner
The Xpert Carba-R (Cepheid) is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay for detection and differentiation of five common carbapenemase genes. If used according to manufacturer's instructions, bacterial isolates tested must be cultured on blood or MacConkey agar. This study confirms that the assay performs well against a diverse panel of bacterial isolates with known carbapenemase genes. It also demonstrates that the assay performs well using three solid agar culture media that have not been recommended by the PCR assay's manufacturer: CLED (cystine-, lactose-, and electrolyte-deficient), ChromID CARBA-SMART, and a nutrient slope...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621047/clinical-value-of-polymerase-chain-reaction-in-detecting-group-b-streptococcus-during-labor
#15
Dorothea Maria Koppes, Antonius Arnoldus Cornelis Maria Vriends, Michiel van Rijn, Antonine Dimphne van Heesewijk
AIM: To reduce the intrapartum use of antibiotics in women with prolonged rupture of the membranes (PROM) by restriction of antibiotics to women who are colonized with group B streptococci (GBS), as identified with the Cepheid Gene Xpert polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detecting GBS. METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled trial among full-term delivering women with PROM. Fifty-four women were enrolled, based on a power calculation with a significance level of 5% and a power of 95%...
June 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604481/comparative-evaluation-of-2-nucleic-acid-amplification-tests-for-the-detection-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-and-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-at-extragenital-sites
#16
Claire C Bristow, Mark R McGrath, Adam C Cohen, Laura J Anderson, Kristie K Gordon, Jeffrey D Klausner
Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) infections are frequently asymptomatic, requiring highly accurate diagnostic tests and proper management to prevent further transmission. We compared two nucleic acid tests, Xpert® CT/NG (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA) point-of-care platform and at an offsite clinical laboratory with Aptima Combo 2® (Hologic, Inc., San Diego, CA) assay, for the detection of extragenital infection in patients at an STI clinic in Hollywood, CA.We calculated concordance between the two assays and used the exact binomial method to calculate 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for each specimen type and pathogen...
July 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592547/performance-of-the-abbott-realtime-mtb-and-mtb-rif-inh-assays-in-a-setting-of-high-tuberculosis-and-hiv-coinfection-in-south-africa
#17
Lesley Scott, Anura David, Lara Noble, Matilda Nduna, Pedro Da Silva, Andrew Black, Francois Venter, Wendy Stevens
South Africa is a country with a high incidence of tuberculosis (TB), complicated by coinfection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The Xpert MTB/RIF (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) is used in South Africa as the test for the initial diagnosis of TB, and other molecular platforms such as the m2000 (Abbott Molecular, Des Plaines, IL, USA) are widely used for molecular monitoring of HIV load. The latter platform is now also equipped with the RealTime (RT) MTB and RealTime MTB RIF/INH assays for TB and first-line drug resistance screening but has not been evaluated in settings of HIV and TB coinfection...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504863/diagnostic-accuracy-of-polymerase-chain-reaction-for-intrapartum-detection-of-group-b-streptococcus-colonization
#18
Rikke B Helmig, Jan B Gertsen
INTRODUCTION: Many pregnant women are treated with antibiotics during labor to prevent transmission of group B streptococcus (GBS, Streptococcus agalactiae) to their baby during passage of the birth canal, and so reduce the risk of serious infection of the newborn. Methods for intrapartum testing for GBS have been introduced to select women to whom intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis should be offered. For such an intrapartum test to be useful in clinical practice, it has to be specific as well as sensitive...
September 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490486/meatal-swabs-contain-less-cellular-material-and-are-associated-with-a-decrease-in-gram-stain-smear-quality-compared-to-urethral-swabs-in-men
#19
Stephen J Jordan, Jane R Schwebke, Kristal J Aaron, Barbara Van Der Pol, Edward W Hook
Urethral swabs are the samples of choice for point-of-care Gram stain testing to diagnose Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection and nongonococcal urethritis (NGU) in men. As an alternative to urethral swabs, meatal swabs have been recommended for the collection of urethral discharge to diagnose N. gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infection in certain populations by nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT), as they involve a less invasive collection method. However, as meatal swabs could be sampling a reduced surface area and result in fewer collected epithelial cells compared to urethral swabs, the adequacy of meatal swab specimens to collect sufficient cellular material for Gram stain testing remains unknown...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442271/evaluation-of-the-xpert-hcv-viral-load-point-of-care-assay-from-venepuncture-collected-and-finger-stick-capillary-whole-blood-samples-a-cohort-study
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Jason Grebely, Francois M J Lamoury, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Yasmin Mowat, Alison D Marshall, Sahar Bajis, Philippa Marks, Janaki Amin, Julie Smith, Michael Edwards, Carla Gorton, Nadine Ezard, David Persing, Marika Kleman, Philip Cunningham, Beth Catlett, Gregory J Dore, Tanya L Applegate
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA testing offers an advantage over antibody testing (which only indicates previous exposure), enabling diagnosis of active infection in a single visit. In this study, we evaluated the performance of the Xpert HCV Viral Load assay with venepuncture and finger-stick capillary whole-blood samples. METHODS: Plasma and finger-stick capillary whole-blood samples were collected from participants in an observational cohort enrolled at five sites in Australia (three drug and alcohol clinics, one homelessness service, and one needle and syringe programme)...
April 21, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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