Roche Develops Test Kits to Detect Monkeypox Virus

(Reuters) – Roche on Wednesday said the company and its unit have developed three test kits to detect the monkeypox virus, as the disease spreads in regions outside Africa, where the virus is not normally found.

There have been more than 200 suspected or confirmed cases in Europe and North America of monkeypox, according to the World Health Organization.

The Swiss company said one of the three LightMix Modular Virus kits detects all orthopoxviruses, including both clades of monkeypox, as well as smallpox and cowpox.

The second test detects only monkeypox viruses, specifically the West African and Central African clades. The third is for researchers and simultaneously detects orthopoxviruses and “provides information about whether a monkeypox virus is present or not” (

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