HCV (Hepatitis C Virus)
Rapid CDIATM HCV kits are intended for the detection of hepatitis C infection by detecting related antibodies or antigens.
Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the blood-borne Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C virus is a small (55–65 nm in size), enveloped, positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus of the family Flaviviridae. The hepatitis C virus particle consists of a core of genetic material (RNA), surrounded by an icosahedral protective shell of protein, and further encased in a lipid (fatty) envelope of cellular origin. Two viral envelope glycoproteins, E1 and E2, are embedded in the lipid envelope. Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver.