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.
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.
SOURCE Medical Services International Inc.