Copan Diagnostics, Inc. Offers Kit for Rapid Collection of Nasopharyngeal Sample to Detect Swine Flu Virus

    MURRIETA, Calif., April 27 /CNW/ -- The Center for Disease Control and
Prevention has confirmed 40 human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus in
the United States and the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak
a "public health emergency of international concern." As the swine flu
outbreak develops, physicians' offices, hospital clinics, and emergency rooms
prepare to accommodate patients with symptoms of respiratory viral infection.


    Copan Diagnostics' range of patented flocked swabs have been shown in
many independent clinical studies to improve the results of respiratory virus
diagnostic tests by collecting more patient specimen and then delivering the
entire sample into the assay platform or cell culture tube. Copan Universal
Transport Medium (UTM) used with Copan Flocked Swabs is the optimum kit
combination for virology culture, rapid antigen testing, and DFA testing; and
the use of the combined products is also a universal open platform collection
and transport system that has been successfully used for culture, EIA, PCR and
other molecular based assays.

    "We are scaling up production of Flocked Swabs and UTM to address the
potential demand," says Norman Sharples, Copan Executive VP. "Our production
of Flocked Swabs and UTM has been increased to include shifts 24 hours per
day, and we are working closely with our distribution partners to help supply
them in case the Swine Flu outbreak escalates further," Sharples affirms.

    In cases of influenza, collecting a proper sample in a timely manner is
crucial. Copan Flocked Swabs, as opposed to traditional nasopharyngeal washes
or aspirates, facilitate the easier sample collection and produce comparable
results. Also, by using a Flocked Swab and UTM, the sample collection can be
done in outpatient departments and remote sites and can be safely transported
to the laboratories for testing. To optimize results, Copan has worked with
scientists and physicians to develop several training videos in English and
Spanish on the correct procedures to properly collect nasopharyngeal swab
samples for the diagnosis of respiratory virus infections, like the Swine Flu.
The videos are available on the company's website and are free of charge.

    About Copan Diagnostics, Inc.
    With a reputation for innovation in preanalytics, Copan Diagnostics is
the leading manufacturer of collection and transport systems in the world.
Copan offers a complete range of microbial sampling products used for
traditional culture analysis and for molecular diagnostic assays, as well as
producing innovations, like the patented Flocked Swabs, Universal Transport
Medium and ESwab. The company manufactures a comprehensive line of laboratory
consumables comprising of inoculation loops, needles, spreaders and transfer
pipettes. Copan also produces WASP: Walk-Away Specimen Processor, a new
revolutionary system for automatic planting and streaking of microbiology
samples. For more information about Copan, visit


For further information:

For further information: Gabriela Powers, Marketing Manager of Copan
Diagnostics, Inc., 1-800-216-4016, Web Site:

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