MILAN Feb 11 Italian medical diagnostics group
Diasorin said on Tuesday it had launched a test to
detect Rotavirus in stool samples in Europe, a market estimated
to be worth more than 10 million euros ($13.7 million) a year.
Rotavirus is a common cause of severe diarrhoea in infants,
accounting for around 28 percent of cases of the disease, but 50
percent of deaths from it.
The new test obtains rapid results on a large number of
samples for Rotavirus, which causes about 500,000 deaths a year,
"With the addition of Rotavirus to our menu, we increase our
offer of tests on stool sample," Diasorin Chief Executive Carlo
Rosa said in a statement.
Nearly every child in the world has been affected by
Rotavirus at least once by the age of five, and six million
tests for Rotavirus are carried out every year in Europe,
By 1107 GMT shares in Diasorin were up 0.5 percent, in line
with the broader Milan stock market.
($1 = 0.7327 euros)
(Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by David Holmes)