Meridian Diagnostics announced Tuesday it received FDAapproval of the third product in its line of Premier enzymeimmunoassays. The test identifies coccidiodomycosis, caused bythe fungus Coccidioides immitis . It causes flu-like symptoms,severe respiratory complications and sometimes death.

The Cincinnati company (NASDAQ:KITS) said the productreplaces the current treatment, which is more time consumingand less accurate. Meridian will begin to ship the product in thenext two weeks.

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