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Coppe Laboratories Offers Testing for Viral Infections Recently Implicated in Women’s Health Complications

Waukesha, Wisconsin — Recent studies highlighted in The Scientist, News Medical and DoctorsLounge have implicated an understudied and underappreciated family of viruses as playing a potential role in women’s health complications. During the 2015 outbreak of Zika virus infections in Brazil, it was discovered that Zika virus infection during pregnancy places the fetus at risk of developing neurologic birth defects. This new study suggests that Zika may not be the only virus capable of causing abnormalities in babies born to…

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Coppe Laboratories Announces New Powassan Virus Testing for Patients with Tick Exposure

Coppe Laboratories has announced the availability of testing for a tick-associated virus, the Powassan Virus (POWV). Transmitted by the tick known to carry Lyme disease bacteria, the POWV is a member of the family of viruses that include such familiar names as Zika, West Nile, and Yellow Fever. Coppe Laboratories is the first commercial laboratory to provide POWV testing, which will include both a direct and indirect test. Symptoms associated with POWV are similar to those of Lyme disease, but…

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Fulminant hepatic failure attributed to infection with human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) in an immunocompetent woman

Coppe Laboratories novel immunohistochemistry (IHC) technology for diagnosing life threatening HHV-6 associated organ disease was profiled in a recent publication in the Journal of Clinical Virology (J Clin Virol. 2015 Dec 14;75:27-32, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26745830.)  In collaboration with the University of Chicago we describe the case of a previously healthy woman who presented with a skin rash, mild upper respiratory symptoms, and succumbed to fulminant hepatic failure that was attributed to infection with HHV-6B by immunohistochemistry. The review of the literature showed…

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A fatal case of acute HHV-6 myocarditis following allogeneic haemopoietic stem cell transplantation

Waukesha, WI, The November issue of the Journal of Clinical Virology (J Clin Virol. 2015 Nov; 72:82-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2015.09.013. Epub 2015 Oct 9) reports the first fatal case of biopsy-proven HHV-6 myocarditis post stem cell transplant. Dr. David Baewer, Chief Medical Officer at Coppe Laboratories co-authored the paper with colleagues from Sydney, Australia. The publication reports the case of a 62-year old patient who underwent a matched, unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplant. On day +13 the patient experienced cardiac failure.…

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Coppe Laboratories Announces Result of Epidemiologic Survey of Wisconsin Tick Pools for Infectious Agents of Human Disease

Waukesha, WI.—Coppe Laboratories, a specialized medical diagnostics company announced results from a 2-yearstudy of Wisconsin ticks and tick-borne illnesses.  From fall 2013-Spring 2014, ticks were collected by the Wisconsin DNR and other individuals across the state and generously donated to Coppe Labs.  Both the blacklegged deer tick (Ixodes) and the common wood tick (Dermacentor) were included in the testing for infectious agents responsible for Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and a virus known as Powassan.  Over 2000 ticks were collected. Testing…

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