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Serology

The Serology Department analyzes blood specimens for diseases of public health significance. A serology blood test is performed to detect and measure the levels of antibodies as a result of exposure to a particular bacteria or virus. When people are exposed to bacteria or viruses (antigens), their body’s immune system produces specific antibodies against the organism. Antibody levels (antibody titer) help physicians determine whether an infection occurred recently or years ago.

WHAT WE DO

We test for blood-borne pathogens, including HIV and hepatitis B, and analyze blood specimens for diseases of public health significance, e.g., vaccine preventable diseases, diseases transmitted from animals to humans and mosquito-borne diseases. We also help investigate disease outbreaks significant to public health.

Serological analysis is becoming increasingly important in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions. In this department we are assisted by the ELISA especially and other serological instruments to reach our diagnosis. The areas of study include… HIV tests done are both via ELISA and rapid methods.

The OMEGA Diagnostic products are an integral part of our diagnostic tools, for example, in the tests for RA, ASOT, Pregnancy, HIV, Malaria, Filaria, Infectious mononucleosis, C-Reactive Proteins. Tuberculosis in the form of serological diagnosis and the Tuberculin. Diagnosis for syphilis including RPR and TPHA.

EXAMPLES OF SEROLOGY TEST:

Dengue, Malaria, Zika, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis Profile, HIV.

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