Strep A infections originate from group A streptococcal bacterium that can initiate a variety of health problems. Strep A can manifest itself as a mild skin infection or sore throat to severe, life-threatening conditions such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh eating disease. Nearly everyone is familiar with strep throat, which is the most common form of the disease. Health experts estimate that more than 10 million mild infections (throat and skin) like these occur every year.
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Detects Strep A from group A streptococcal bacterium
Two reddish-purple colored lines, both a Control line (C) and Test line (T) area, indicate that Group A Streptococcal antigen has been detected
Only one colored line in the Control line area, and no distinct colored line in the Test line area indicates that the specimen does not contain detectable levels of Group A Streptococcal antigen and is considered a presumptive negative. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that presumptive negative results be confirmed by culture
A distinct colored line in the Control line (C) area should always appear. The test is invalid if no Control line forms in 5 minutes. When the test shows an invalid result, the test should be considered invalid and should be repeated with a new test strip and a new swab sample.
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