Gastrointestinal (GI) infections are among the most common infectious diseases worldwide. GI infections are caused by a variety of bacterial, viral, and parasitic pathogens. These infections are mostly transmitted in poor hygienic conditions and by consuming contaminated food or water. The most common symptom is diarrhoea, which is usually a self-limiting disease, and most healthy individuals recover within few days. However, in very young patients, and with poor hygiene, diarrheal disease (DD) may progress, leading to severe dehydration, malnourishment, bacteraemia, and other complications that can lead to death.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 1.7 billion cases of DD worldwide every year. Furthermore, DD is the second leading cause of death in children under five years of age. Diarrhoea can last several days, and leave the body without the water and salts that are necessary for survival. 
Accurate and rapid identification of pathogens is the key to providing optimal therapy for patients with enteric infections.
Conventional detection methods are performed by culture, microscopy, and antigen detection immunoassays. Although these methods can be appealing as they provide good sensitivity at a low cost, these techniques are far more time- and material-consuming compared to molecular techniques. Thanks to advancements in molecular diagnostics and the introduction of Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques (NAATs) based assays, traditional techniques are being continuously replaced by newer molecular-based methods. Molecular based methods improve workflow and turnaround time to results, from days to hours. An additional advantage is the capability of multiplexing, which allows for the simultaneous detection of multiple enteric pathogens.
Clinical laboratories in a complex and developing field such as molecular diagnostics merit an exceptional QC program to instil confidence in the accuracy of their laboratory’s results.
However, a QC program is only as good as its controls!
Thankfully, Microbiologics offer an array of gastrointestinal controls. Ranging from individual GI controls, in their simple ready to use KWIK-STIK™ format to control panels that allow you to simultaneously test for the presence of multiple viruses, bacteria, and/or parasites in a sample. The comprehensive GI control panel provides complete coverage for all your testing requirements in one single kit!
Because a testing laboratory’s first priority is its patients, adopting rigorous QC measures is an investment in a higher standard of patient care.
For the complete list of targets on Microbiologics’ Gastrointestinal Control Panel click here or get in touch with our product specialist below to find a variety of controls that meet your specific GI testing requirements.
 Amani, J., Mirhosseini, S., & Imani Fooladi, A. (2014). A Review of Approaches to Identify Enteric Bacterial Pathogens. Jundishapur Journal Of Microbiology, 8(2). doi: 10.5812/jjm.17473