Respiratory tract infections range in severity from relatively mild infections, such as the common cold, to potentially life-threatening infections, including pneumonia. A wide range of organisms can infect the respiratory tract including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, and over a dozen pathogens are commonly encountered in a clinical setting. Accurate identification of the causative organism is required to effectively treat the infection and control its spread, since each organism (e.g. bacteria vs. viruses) does not respond to the same treatment (e.g. antibiotics). Infections can affect any part of the respiratory system, however they are traditionally divided into upper and lower respiratory tract infections. Lower respiratory tract infections are the leading cause of death among all infectious diseases.
Meridian offers a complete range of antigens and other reagents for diagnosing respiratory infections. A deeper understanding of the unique immunodominant regions in the organisms has led to significant improvements in the development of specific and sensitive antigens and antibodies required for these assays.