Anti-HEV IgG and anti-HEV IgM tests for diagnosing hepatitis E
BioMérieux has expanded its hepatitis panel, which already included diagnostic tests for hepatitis A, B and C, with the launch of two VIDAS hepatitis E tests. Hepatitis E is a widely underdiagnosed liver disease that is prevalent all over the world. It is caused by infection with hepatitis E virus which is mainly transmitted by the fecal-oral route, particularly through contaminated water and some undercooked meats. It is a serious pathology, since it can lead to fulminant or chronic hepatitis which can prove fatal if not properly treated. The number of infections with the hepatitis E virus is estimated at 20 million per year, including more than 3.3 million acute cases. bioMérieux is now able to offer laboratories and clinicians the first automated serological tests for anti-HEV in a single-test format to diagnose the pathology reliably and quickly (40 minutes).