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Palma, Spain

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Russell S.M.,University of the Balearic Islands | Domenech-Sanchez A.,University of the Balearic Islands | Domenech-Sanchez A.,Saniconsult Iberica SL | De La Rica R.,University of the Balearic Islands
ACS Sensors | Year: 2017

Colorimetric tests are becoming increasingly popular in point-of-need analyses due to the possibility of detecting the signal with the naked eye, which eliminates the utilization of bulky and costly instruments only available in laboratories. However, colorimetric tests may be interpreted incorrectly by nonspecialists due to disparities in color perception or a lack of training. Here we solve this issue with a method that not only detects colorimetric signals but also interprets them so that the test outcome is understandable for anyone. It consists of an augmented reality (AR) app that uses a camera to detect the colored signals generated by a nanoparticle-based immunoassay, and that yields a warning symbol or message when the concentration of analyte is higher than a certain threshold. The proposed method detected the model analyte mouse IgG with a limit of detection of 0.3 μg mL-1, which was comparable to the limit of detection afforded by classical densitometry performed with a nonportable device. When adapted to the detection of E. coli, the app always yielded a "hazard" warning symbol when the concentration of E. coli in the sample was above the infective dose (106 cfu mL-1 or higher). The proposed method could help nonspecialists make a decision about drinking from a potentially contaminated water source by yielding an unambiguous message that is easily understood by anyone. The widespread availability of smartphones along with the inexpensive paper test that requires no enzymes to generate the signal makes the proposed assay promising for analyses in remote locations and developing countries. © 2017 American Chemical Society.


Domenech-Sanchez A.,Saniconsult Iberica SL | Domenech-Sanchez A.,University of the Balearic Islands | Juan C.,University of the Balearic Islands | Perez J.L.,University of the Balearic Islands | And 2 more authors.
Clinical Microbiology and Infection | Year: 2011

Noroviruses constitute an important cause of acute gastroenteritis, mainly in semi-closed populations such as hospitals, hotels and cruise ships. This study records the most important norovirus outbreak in the Dominican Republic in a single resort, with more than 800 people being affected in a 15-day period. Analysis of clinical and environmental samples demonstrated that norovirus was the aetiological agent responsible for the outbreak. Although enhanced hygiene and disinfection measures were achieved, the outbreak was only controlled after suspension of entry into the resort. © 2010 The Authors. Clinical Microbiology and Infection © 2010 European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.


Domenech-Sanchez A.,Saniconsult Iberica SL | Domenech-Sanchez A.,University of the Balearic Islands
Clinical Microbiology and Infection | Year: 2011

A possible gastroenteritis outbreak in a hotel located in northern Majorca was reported on June 2009. The subsequent investigation revealed a total of 14 cases with onset of symptoms from 18 June to 26 June. Symptoms affected mainly the children, their parents and the staff related to the children's club; a vomiting episode was described at the beginning of the outbreak. Genotype 2 norovirus was detected in stool samples, demonstrating its role as the aetiological agent. The special hygienic measures implemented allowed the outbreak to be controlled. © 2010 The Authors. Clinical Microbiology and Infection © 2010 European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.


Domenech-Sanchez A.,Saniconsult Iberica SL | Domenech-Sanchez A.,University of the Balearic Islands | Laso E.,Saniconsult Iberica SL | Perez M.J.,Saniconsult Iberica SL | Berrocal C.I.,Saniconsult Iberica SL
Foodborne Pathogens and Disease | Year: 2011

Several vomiting episodes were reported in December 2007 by the management of a beach club in Calvià. The subsequent case investigation confirmed tuna fish consumption a few hours before onset of emesis in all cases. Microbiological analyses detected high bacterial levels in ready-to-eat fish samples, indicating inappropriate cooking procedures. More important, elevated levels of Bacillus cereus were present both in raw and cooked fish. No other pathogens were detected, indicating B. cereus as the etiological agent. To our knowledge, this is the first case of emetic disease by B. cereus likely to be associated with fish consumption. © Copyright 2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


Domenech-Sanchez A.,Saniconsult Iberica SL | Domenech-Sanchez A.,University of the Balearic Islands | Laso E.,Saniconsult Iberica SL | Perez M.J.,Saniconsult Iberica SL | Berrocal C.I.,Saniconsult Iberica SL
Foodborne Pathogens and Disease | Year: 2011

The aim of this study was to survey the microbial levels of food contact surfaces in hotels. Microbiological levels of 4611 surfaces (chopping machines, kitchenware, knives, worktops, and cutting boards) from 280 different facilities in Spain were determined in a 3-year period. The contact-plate technique was used throughout the survey. Overall, the mean of the log of total aerobic count cm-2 was 0.62, better than those reported for child-care and assisted living facilities. Significant differences were detected among different types of surfaces, time of sampling, season, and year. The majority (74%) of food contact surfaces sampled in Spanish hotels was within the recommended standard of <1.3log CFU cm-2, and differences depend on several factors. Our results set a representative picture of the actual situation in our resorts and establish the basis for the development of educational programs to improve food handlers' knowledge of foodborne diseases and their transmission via food contact surfaces. © 2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


PubMed | Saniconsult Iberica SL.
Type: Comparative Study | Journal: Foodborne pathogens and disease | Year: 2011

The aim of this study was to survey the microbial levels of food contact surfaces in hotels. Microbiological levels of 4611 surfaces (chopping machines, kitchenware, knives, worktops, and cutting boards) from 280 different facilities in Spain were determined in a 3-year period. The contact-plate technique was used throughout the survey. Overall, the mean of the log of total aerobic count cm(-2) was 0.62, better than those reported for child-care and assisted living facilities. Significant differences were detected among different types of surfaces, time of sampling, season, and year. The majority (74%) of food contact surfaces sampled in Spanish hotels was within the recommended standard of <1.3log CFU cm(-2), and differences depend on several factors. Our results set a representative picture of the actual situation in our resorts and establish the basis for the development of educational programs to improve food handlers knowledge of foodborne diseases and their transmission via food contact surfaces.


PubMed | Saniconsult Iberica SL
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases | Year: 2011

A possible gastroenteritis outbreak in a hotel located in northern Majorca was reported on June 2009. The subsequent investigation revealed a total of 14 cases with onset of symptoms from 18 June to 26 June. Symptoms affected mainly the children, their parents and the staff related to the childrens club; a vomiting episode was described at the beginning of the outbreak. Genotype 2 norovirus was detected in stool samples, demonstrating its role as the aetiological agent. The special hygienic measures implemented allowed the outbreak to be controlled.


PubMed | Saniconsult Iberica SL
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases | Year: 2011

Noroviruses constitute an important cause of acute gastroenteritis, mainly in semi-closed populations such as hospitals, hotels and cruise ships. This study records the most important norovirus outbreak in the Dominican Republic in a single resort, with more than 800 people being affected in a 15-day period. Analysis of clinical and environmental samples demonstrated that norovirus was the aetiological agent responsible for the outbreak. Although enhanced hygiene and disinfection measures were achieved, the outbreak was only controlled after suspension of entry into the resort.

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