The StrongStep® Adenovirus Rapid Test Device (Feces) is a rapid visual immunoassay for the qualitative presumptive detection of adenovirus in human fecal specimens. This kit is intended for use as an aid in the diagnosis of adenovirus
Enteric adenoviruses, primarily Ad40 and Ad41, are a leading cause of diarrhea in many children suffering from acute diarrheal disease, second only to the rotaviruses. Acute diarrheal disease is a major cause of death in young children worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Adenovirus pathogens have been isolated throughout the world, and can cause diarrhea in children year round. Infections are most frequently seen in children less than two years of age, but have been found in patients of all ages. Studies indicate that adenoviruses are associated with 4-15% of all hospitalized cases of viral gastroenteritis.
Rapid and accurate diagnosis of adenovirus-related gastroenteritis is helpful in establishing the etiology of gastroenteritis and related patient management. Other diagnostic techniques such as electron microscopy (EM) and nucleic acid hybridization are expensive and labor-intensive. Given the self-limiting nature of adenovirus infection, such expensive and labor-intensive tests may not be necessary.