Rapid Antigen Tests for Diagnosis of Pandemic (Swine) Influenza A/H1N1

Vasoo, Shawn; Stevens, Jane; Singh, Kamaljit
October 2009
Clinical Infectious Diseases;10/1/2009, Vol. 49 Issue 7, p1090
Academic Journal
We found that the sensitivities of 3 rapid influenza antigen tests for pandemic influenza A/H1N1 virus were low to moderate: BD Directigen EZ Flu A+B test (Becton Dickinson), 46.7%; BinaxNOW Influenza A&B (Inverness Medical), 38.3%; and QuickVue Influenza A+B Test (Quidel), 53.3%. A patient with influenza-like illness who has a negative rapid antigen test result should undergo further testing using reverse- transcription polymerase chain reaction.


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