Anti-sera to West Africa
Release: 3rd November 2017It might look like coffee beans down a microscope^ but the bacteria Neisseria can be quite unpleasant. In fact of the eleven species that colonise humans, two are particularly nasty*:
- N. gonorrhoeae (also called the gonococcus), which causes gonorrhea.
- N. meningitidis (also called the meningococcus), one of the most common causes of bacterial meningitis and the causative agent of meningococcal septicaemia.
To help combat the spread of Neisseria, Stratlab and their local partner Ecomed Scientific have supplied anti-sera and related microscopy items to the Gambian Ministry of Health and Welfare.
The supply of anti-sera is a departure for Stratlab and represents a positive step in supplying the growing African healthcare market.
^Ryan KJ; Ray CG, eds. (2004). Sherris Medical Microbiology (4th ed.). McGraw Hill. ISBN 0-8385-8529-9.
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