CDC Evaluates Rapid Flu Tests Versus rRT-PCR for Detecting Novel Strain of H1N1 Influenza | GenomeWeb

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while rapid influenza diagnostic test could accurately detect the virus in high concentrations, reverse real-time PCR testing should be done if a definitive determination is needed.

"We had gotten an increasing number of inquiries from physicians wanting to know if the rapid test would work at all on this novel strain, and, of course, off-shot of that is wondering what the sensitivity and specificity would be," says Michael Shaw, associate director for laboratory science in the CDC's influenza division.

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