Swine Flu Tests Not Always Successful

August 2009
BioWorld Today;8/10/2009, Vol. 20 Issue 152, p5
The article reports on the investigation conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on rapid influenza diagnostics tests (RIDTs). Results showed that the overall sensitivity was low although the tests were capable of detecting the H1N1 virus from respiratory specimens containing high levels of virus. Findings suggest that a negative result does not rule out infection of the H1N1 virus. The treatment that must be given to patients will illnesses compatible with the H1N1 but with negative RIDT results is explained by the CDC.


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