Evaluation of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests for Detection of Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus -- United States, 2009

August 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;8/7/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 30, p826
This article presents the results of an initial assessment conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests (RIDTs) for detection of H1N1 virus, a novel influenza virus. It reveals that RIDTs effectiveness in detecting the novel influenza virus was low, only at 40% to 60% of all specimens tested. It explains that this low effectiveness of RIDTs means that those who tested negative of the novel flu virus may in fact positive of the virus.


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