New Device IDs Disease-Causing Germs08/22/13
THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- A new spectrometer system
designed to identify 193 yeast and bacteria that are capable of
making people sick has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
The Vitek MS can screen for yeasts such as Candida and
Malassezia and bacteria from the Staphylococcaceae and pneumonia
families, the agency said in a news release. People with AIDS and
others with weakened immune systems are most prone to infections
from these germs.
The device uses a laser to break germs into pattern-forming
particles that are unique to each yeast or bacterium, the FDA said.
Only a small amount is necessary to identify these germs, which
collectively are responsible for skin, bloodstream and respiratory
In clinical testing, the new device correctly identified a
germ's scientific group or family more than 93 percent of the time,
the agency said.
The Vitek MS is manufactured by bioMerieux Inc of Durham,
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