Direct Test Kit
The Legionella Direct Field Test™ Kit is the simplest kit in the hydrosense range.
Requiring no sample preparation. The water can be collected from any source. Use the pipette provided to put 0.1 ml of water onto a test strip and wait 25 min. for the results. The test kit is optimised for use with hot and cold water systems, whirlpool spas, showers, cooling towers and other industrial water systems.
Albagaia Ltd. is an environmental technology business specializing in industrial applications. The company is the producer of a breakthrough technology for the rapid detection of Legionella. The Hydrosense Legionella test provides results within 25 minutes and is the only Legionella test that can be performed on-site. It requires no training or experience.
Until the development of the Hydrosense test the gold standard for detection of Legionella was the lab culture method. The culture method is still used by most laboratories in the world. it requires selective media and prolonged incubation periods. A concentration stage is followed by decontamination with heat and acid, which may involve loss of the target bacteria. The incubation stage itself takes 10-14 days to provide results and does not identify the virulent phase of the bacterium when the bacterium is viable but non-culturable.
The test has been shown to be non-reactive with the following bacteria (at 1×108 organisms per sample):
Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Aeromonashydrophila subsp. hydrophila, Bacillus subtilis, Burkholderia cepacia, Citrobacterfreudii, Citrobacterkoseri, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter cloacae, Klebsiellaoxytoca, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas putida, Pseudomonas stutzeri, Ralstoniapickettii, Raoultellaterrigena, Streptococcus pyrogenes, Yersinia ruckeri..
Staphylococcus aureus and Legionella pneumophila serogroups 4 and 7 in samples at concentrations higher than 1×108 organisms per sample may produce weak positive results. These concentrations are higher than would be expected to be present in normal water samples.
Legionella pneumophila serogroups 4 & 7 cross react with the test at concentrations >109 CFU/sample. The test does not react with any other L. pneumophila serogroups or L. species tested.