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June 27 2024 20:10:14 — QIAGEN welcomes new U.S. guidelines recommending QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus for TB detection in children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics now endorses IGRA tests for all ages, highlighting modern blood-based tests over the older tuberculin skin test.

The QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus test is poised to play a pivotal role in the U.S. healthcare system’s efforts to combat TB, providing healthcare professionals with a robust tool to improve detection rates and enhance patient outcomes.

Background on TB and Diagnostic Advances

Tuberculosis remains a significant public health challenge in the United States and worldwide. The disease, which primarily affects the lungs, can be particularly severe in children. Traditional diagnostic methods, such as the tuberculin skin test, have limitations, including the need for multiple healthcare visits and a higher chance of false positives or negatives.

In contrast, IGRA tests like QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus require only a single blood draw and offer rapid, precise results, making them an invaluable resource in the fight against TB. This shift towards more modern diagnostic techniques represents a major advancement in public health strategies aimed at controlling and ultimately eradicating TB.

The adoption of these guidelines by the AAP signifies a critical step forward in ensuring that children receive the best possible care and protection against TB, leveraging the latest in diagnostic technology to improve health outcomes across the board.

This aligns with broader U.S. efforts to enhance TB control and reflects the rising need for accurate diagnostics post-COVID-19. QIAGEN’s QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus is globally recognized as a superior alternative, streamlining TB detection with fewer visits and faster results.

By Lisa Luckas

Lisa Luckas is a Sr. Business News Editor at Nobot.News.

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