Around-the-Clock, Rapid Diagnosis of Influenza by Means of Membrane Chromatography Antigen Testing Confirmed by Polymerase Chain Reaction *

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One rapid membrane chromatography test and 2 immunofluorescence tests were compared with polymerase chain reaction as tools for the diagnosis of influenza in 277 patients treated in an emergency department. The sensitivity on days 1-3 of symptoms was 71% for the rapid membrane chromatography test, 70% for the first immunofluorescence test, and 79% for the second immunofluorescence test. Rapid tests are useful for round-the-clock identification of influenza, with follow-up polymerase chain reaction used for confirmation.

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  • Infectious Medicine
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-179
JournalInfection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
Volume29
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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