The test is accomplished in minutes with the help of materials and equipment commonly found in any laboratory and can be read visually. We recommend to read carefully the “Precautions” section.
Francisella tularensis is a pathogenic species of Gram-negative bacteria and the causative agent of tularemia or rabbit fever. It is a fastidious, facultative intracellular bacterium which requires cysteine for growth. Due to its ease of spread by aerosol and high virulence, F. tularensis is classified as a Class A Select Agent by the U.S. government, along with other potential agents of bioterrorism such as Yersinia pestis, Smallpox and the Filoviruses.
Principle Of The Test
When the sample is added into the well of the cassette, the colloidal gold is solubilized and the first immunological reaction between the specific antibodies of the serum/plasma and the protein coupled to the gold particles takes place. These complexes move along the membrane to the reaction line (test line), and a colored band will appear if the analyte to be detected is present in the sample. Each strip contains a control line for the validation of the assay. This line has to appear always even if the sample is negative.