The Cytomegalovirus (CMV) belongs to the group of herpes viruses (HHV5). CMV is ubiquitous and leads to persistent infection of its host. The infection rate strongly depends on age and life style. It ranges between 45% and 50% on average in industrialized countries. Seroconversions occur between the 2. and 3. as well as 15. and 30. year of life. The virus is transmitted by saliva, urine, blood products and sexual activity. Primary infections progress asymptomatically in 90% of the patients but can cause severe diseases in immunosuppressed people and newborns. It can be even lethal for the unborn child. Cytomegaly often occurs during pregnancy. Indeed 5% of pregant women are infected per year. The incidence of childbearing women is about 65% so that a check of the immune status is important before pregnancy. CMV diseases can affect each organ system.
The Immunolab Cytomegaly (CMV) IgG and IgM ELISAs are quantitative and qualitative tests for the detection of human antibodies to the Cytomegalovirus in serum and plasma. The IgM ELISA is used for the determination of acute infections. The IgG ELISA is used for the determination of the immune status as well as the detection of a recent infection.
Features of Immunolab ELISA kits: