Faster diagnosis of Candida
Every year, 3.5 million Europeans contract an infection while in hospital and 2.5 million die or are seriously debilitated as a result. Candida is the fourth most common cause of bloodstream infection that can develop while in hospital. If not treated immediately, it can lead to dissemination of the disease and cause severe infections in internal organs. A fast diagnosis is vital but existing blood culture methods are not fast enough. The EU-funded CandidaHunter project proposes an advanced blood culture method for rapid Candidiasis detection based on nanotechnology. The new method offers increased detection sensitivity in comparison to existing blood cultures and provides a diagnosis within 24 hours. The project intends to pave the way for commercialisation.
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