Moraxella Catarrhalis

Written by: Solaris Diagnostics


Moraxella catarrhalis is a type of bacteria that is part of the normal flora of the human respiratory system. it is Gram negative bacteria that can cause many diseases in children and adults, such as Otitis media, Sinusitis and COPD. In rare cases, it can cause pneumonia or Bronchitis in adults with weakened immune system or chronic lung disease. In addition, Moraxella catarrhalis can cause Meningitis in newborns, which is an inflammation of the layers that surround the brain. Researchers are developing vaccination for Meningitis that is caused by this bacterium. 

Moraxella catarrhalis can be mistaken for cold or flu because of the symptoms until it gets worse. Some of the symptoms are high fever, fatigue, nose drainage, pain in the eye and forehead, and swallow in the face. It can be transmitted by respiratory droplets. M. catarrhalis can be treated with antibiotic such as amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. It can be prevented by washing hands in soap and water regularly and use hand sanitizer that is alcohol base, sport practice and eating healthy food. 

Moraxella catarrhalis discovered at the end of the nineteenth century and now it’s the third cause of commonest pathogen of the respiratory tract. Molecular genetic testing is gaining popularity for the detection of respiratory pathogens. Identifying slow growing pathogens can be difficult using traditional culturing. Solaris Diagnostics use RT-PCR analysis to improve the sensitivity and specificity of detecting respiratory pathogens for accurate treatment.

At Solaris Diagnostics, our Respiratory Pathogen Panel uses Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to amplify selected sections of DNA for analysis. PCR is fast, producing results within hours, and highly sensitive, even capable of viral detection before the onset of disease.

Now you can provide patients with the quickest and most accurate diagnosis possible from our high-complexity, CLIA accredited laboratory. Results are available with a turnaround time (TAT) of 24 hours from the time the sample is received in the laboratory.

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