Significance Of Pathogen Testing

Significance Of Pathogen Testing

A pathogen or infectious agent is a biological agent that causes disease or illness to its own host. The term “Pathogen” is most often used for agents that affect the systematic physiology of a multicellular species ie, animals or plants. Pathogenic organisms are of five main types: viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and worms. Some pathogenic illness caused are meningitis, viral gastroenteritis, urinary tract infection, fungal nail infection, bacterial gastroenteritis, etc.


We all are exposed to pathogens in our everyday life, but normally they cause no harm to us. Because our body’s immune system has the capability to eliminate pathogenic infection to an extent. To survive & to get established, pathogens populate within the host by the process of reproduction and spread to a new host. Few harmful microbes, even 1% of bacteria, can attack our body (the host) and make us ill. Protecting against pathogens includes getting vaccinated, avoid contact with sick people or sharing personal items with them, eating or drinking food and beverages prepared by people who are sick, wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and frequently, etc.


Pathogen detection & testing has become one of the most challenging aspects in the food and water industries, because of the speedy spread of waterborne and foodborne diseases in the community. With the possibility of increasing population growth and the arrival of tourism to certain water bodies, testing will become a need to control and prevent the possible breakout of potentially
harmful illnesses.


Traditional pathogen detection methods involve Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), culture and colony counting method, as well as immunology-based methods. These detection methods involve DNA analysis, counting of bacteria and antigen-antibody interactions respectively. The availability of modern detection methods plays a vital role because of their speed and quality of monitoring, surveillance, and quantitative microbial risk assessment. The modern detection methods include Isothermal DNA Amplification and Bioluminescence Detection which is fast, accurate, easy-to-use and affordable. This provides a major impact on implementing the best practices to prevent threats.


Alfarsi Medical Suppliers in Oman, Muscat offer 3M Molecular Detection System to find the presence of pathogens and we are one of the best Pathogen Test Kits Suppliers in Oman. The simplicity and robustness of our technology merge to deliver low-cost instruments with minimal maintenance requirements and less downtime for your lab.