MassTag Polymerase-Chain-Reaction Detection of Respiratory Pathogens, Including a New Rhinovirus Genotype, That Caused Influenza-Like Illness in New York State during 2004-2005

Lamson, Daryl; Renwick, Neil; Kapoor, Vishal; Zhiqiang Liu; Palacios, Gustavo; Jingyue Ju; Dean, Amy; St. George, Kirsten; Briese, Thomas; Lipkin, W. Ian
November 2006
Journal of Infectious Diseases;11/15/2006, Vol. 194 Issue 10, p1398
Academic Journal
In New York State during winter 2004, there was a high incidence of influenza-like illness that tested negative both for influenza virus, by molecular methods, and for other respiratory viruses, by virus culture. Concern that a novel pathogen might be implicated led us to implement a new multiplex diagnostic tool. MassTag polymerase chain reaction resolved 26 of 79 previously negative samples, revealing the presence of rhinoviruses in a large proportion of samples, half of which belonged to a previously uncharacterized genetic clade. In some instances, knowledge of the detected viral and/or bacterial (co)infection could have altered clinical management.


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