EDMONTON, Alberta, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Medical Services International Inc. (OTC: MSITF) is pleased to announce that it has been contracted by a Chinese Corporation to produce a rapid diagnostic test kit for the Avian Flu. This will allow Medical Services to be the only Company with a rapid diagnostic test kit for Avian Flu. It is anticipated that the demand for a rapid diagnostic test kit for the Avian Flu will be significant. The key to manufacturing the rapid test kit for Avian Flu is access to the necessary antigens. At this point in time, the Chinese Company supplying Medical Services with the antigen for Avian Flu has the only registered antigen for Avian Flu available worldwide. Medical Services has been asked to produce two test kits: One for humans and one for birds and other animals. Medical Services is able to complete this task relatively easily as a result of its previous work on designing test kits for West Nile that can be used on both humans and animals. Our existing technology developed for the West Nile test kit can be modified to be able to detect the Avian Flu virus. It is anticipated that these kits will be available within 60 to 90 days. Currently there are Avian Flu infections in only birds in Europe while in Asia the Avian Virus is in both humans and birds. In Asia, the Avian Flu has infected humans in 8 countries. Over 100 million birds in the 8 countries have either died from the disease or were killed since 2003 in order to try and control the outbreak of Avian Flu. The key to controlling the outbreak is fast, accurate detection. Medical Services has demonstrated that its VScan rapid diagnostic test kits are fast, accurate, easy to use, require no special training and can be used in remote areas. It is anticipated that the Avian Flu detection kit for animals will be in great demand in Asia as countries move to try and control the Avian Flu outbreaks without having to destroy entire flocks. Currently it takes humans 3 days to get test results for the Avian Flu. The VScan Avian Flu test kit will give results in under 30 minutes. The key to controlling the Avian Flu will be early detection, isolation and treatment. This can only occur with the fast, accurate, rapid diagnostic test kits for screening using whole blood. It is anticipated that the VScan Avian Flu kit will accomplish this purpose. About VScan The VScan rapid test kit is a single use, disposable, accurate, cost effective, easy to use, test for the screening of HIV 1&2, Hepatitis B&C, Tuberculosis (TB), Dengue Fever. West Nile, Syphilis, Malaria, and Prostate Cancer. The kits cannot be sold in Canada. Medical Services International Inc. trades in the United States on the NQB Pinksheets under the symbol "MSITF". For further information, please contact Robert Talbot at (780) 430 6363 or media contact Bill Whitehead at (416) 822 5883 or http://www.medicalservicesintl.com or http://www.minerva-biotech.com . NOTE: Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Act of 1995. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause results to differ materially. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include but are not limited to new economic conditions, risk in product development, market acceptance of new products and continuing product demand, level of competition and other factors described in Company reports and other filings with regulatory bodies.
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