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Polyswab Service

Early Detection For Peace of Mind

What is Polyswab?

Etern Medical offers swab service tests that detect these emerging viruses (Adenovirus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Influenza & Mycoplasma Pneumoniae)

Scroll down to learn out more about the different viruses.


What is Adenovirus?

Adenoviruses are a group of widespread viruses that can infect various parts of your body, including your respiratory system, eyes, intestines, urinary tract, and nervous system.

Adenovirus | Etern Medical

Who can get infected?

While children are more susceptible to adenovirus infections than adults, anyone can contract them. In fact, most children will encounter at least one type of adenovirus infection by the age of 10.


Adenovirus infections can manifest as a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Common cold or flu-like symptoms

  • Fever

  • Sore throat

  • Acute bronchitis (chest cold)

  • Pneumonia (lung infection)

  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)

  • Acute gastroenteritis (diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain)


Adenoviruses spread primarily through:

  • Close contact: Touching or shaking hands with an infected person.

  • Respiratory droplets: Coughing and sneezing near others.

  • Contaminated surfaces: Touching objects or surfaces harboring the virus and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.

  • Fecal-oral route: In some cases, through contact with infected stool, particularly during diaper changes.

  • Waterborne transmission: Less common, but possible in contaminated water sources like swimming pools.

Usually mild and self-resolving:

Fortunately, most adenovirus infections are mild and resolve on their own within a few days.

However, individuals with weakened immune systems, especially young children, may experience more severe complications.​

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) | Etern Medical
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

What is RSV?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a prevalent cause of respiratory illnesses, particularly affecting children. While it often presents as a simple common cold, it can sometimes infect the lungs and breathing passages, leading to breathing difficulties in infants and young children.​

Who is at Risk?

RSV can be particularly severe for:

  • Young children: Especially infants and those under 1 year old.

  • Older adults: Especially those 65 and above.

  • Individuals with weakened immune systems: This includes people with chronic health conditions or undergoing specific medical treatments.

Prevalence and Potential Severity:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost all children contract RSV by age 2. However, only a small percentage experience severe symptoms.​

Common Symptoms in Children:
  • Cold-like symptoms: Stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, mild headache, cough, fever.

  • Feeding issues: Not eating or drinking well.

  • General discomfort: Feeling unwell.​

RSV Complications:

While less common, RSV can lead to:

  • Bronchiolitis: Inflammation of the small airways in the lungs.

  • Pneumonia: Infection of the lungs.

  • Dehydration: Especially in young children due to decreased fluid intake.


Understanding Flu

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. These viruses primarily infect the nose, throat, and lungs.

Influenza | Etern Medical
Who is at Higher Risk?

While anyone can contract the flu, certain groups are at increased risk for serious complications:

  • Individuals 65 years and older: Their immune systems weaken with age, making them more susceptible to severe illness.

  • Young children: Their immune systems are still developing, leaving them vulnerable to complications.

  • Children under 5 years old: Especially those under 2 are at highest risk due to their immature immune systems.

  • People with chronic health conditions: Underlying conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease can further worsen flu complications.

  • Pregnant women: They experience changes in their immune system and lung capacity, making them more susceptible to complications.

Symptoms and Signs

Flu symptoms typically appear suddenly and may include some or all of the following:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

Important Note: Not everyone with the flu will experience a fever.

Mycoplasma Pneumoniae | Etern Medical
Mycoplasma Pneumoniae
What is Mycoplasma Pneumoniae?

This bacteria commonly cause mild respiratory infections. While one-third of infected individuals develop a specific type of pneumonia called "walking pneumonia", it's important to understand the broader spectrum of potential outcomes.

Atypical Pneumonia or "Walking Pneumonia":

Unlike typical bacterial pneumonia, walking pneumonia often presents with gradually worsening symptoms that persist for weeks or months. While individuals may experience fever, fatigue, headache, and chest discomfort, they are often able to remain mobile during the illness, hence the name "walking pneumonia."

Alternative Manifestations:
Mycoplasma infection can also manifest as a chest cold (acute bronchitis), primarily affecting children.
Symptoms typically include:
  • Cough (may become chronic)
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache​
Pneumonia Symptoms:
In some cases, mycoplasma infection can progress to full-blown pneumonia, presenting with symptoms like:
  • Cough (possibly productive)
  • Fever and chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
Who is at Risk?

Anyone can be infected with mycoplasma bacteria, but certain groups are more susceptible to severe complications:

  • Older adults

  • Children under 5 years old

  • Individuals with compromised immune systems due to:

    • Chronic steroid use

    • Immunotherapy

    • Chemotherapy

    • Underlying health conditions like lung disease or sickle cell disease

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