According to the BBC, Albagaia, a Scottish firm, has just received a boost in funding for tests that detect Legionella much more efficiently than current testing systems. Albagaia’s testing kit can detect Legionella bacteria–which can lead to Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia—in only 25 minutes, as compared to traditional laboratory tests that can take up to two weeks. In addition, Albagaia is developing smartphone compatibility with its test, which should expedite and streamline the results reporting process.
Legionnaires disease is an under diagnosed illness, largely due to the lack of efficient testing. Albagaia seeks to improve testing, which should give doctors the information they need to properly diagnose and treat patients who acquire Legionnaires’ disease.
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