china gets ready for mers, taking lessons from its sars experience


there is ongoing concern about the outbreak of the middle east respiratory coronavirus (mers-cov). china is under the dark shadow of this contagious respiratory virus with a high-mortality rate. china confirmed its first imported mers-cov infection in a 44-year-old south korean businessman in may 2015.

as of june 12, 2015, world health organization (who) has been notified of 1289 laboratory-confirmed cases, including at least 455 related deaths globally since september 2012. the coronavirus that caused mers (mers-cov) was first identified in 2012 in saudi arabia. taking lessons from the sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak in 2003, china is getting ready with emergency measures to curtail the spread of mers.


mers-cov is the acronym for middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus, the virus that causes mers. south korea experienced mers outbreak in may 2015, with the virus strain still evolving and continuing to spread. researchers are learning more about this new acute respiratory illness similar to sars.

here is some background information and faqs regarding the mers virus. read more


beckman coulter unicel® dxi 800 immunoassay system

tosoh 600 ii immunoassay analyzer

roche elecsys 2010


this unicel® dxi 800 immunoassay system enables laboratories to reduce the number of process steps and provide better turnaround time. it processes up to 400 tests per hour. with this device’s exceptional throughput and proven chemiluminescent technology – you can simplify and automate your immunoassay testing.

– simplified operation
– streamlined sample handling
– on-board aliquot capability
– bar-coded, liquid, ready-to-use


tosoh 600 ii, a fully automated analyzer offers flexible operation with random access capabilities. you can either perform single assays or prepare complete patient profiles. with this device, you can perform assays including thyroid hormones, cardiac markers, tumor markers, reproductive hormones, anemia, tdms and additional assays.

– throughput of 60 results per hour
– first result in ~18 minutes
– dual clot detection
– automated sample dilution &


roche elecsys 2010, which is available in the form of sample disk or a rack handling system, can be operated in both continuous and random access modes. the throughput rate of this analyzer is 86 tests per hour and on-board capacity is of 15 tests.

– easy and trouble-free operation
– workflow flexibility
– faster turnaround times
– ready-to-use reagents


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