Journal Article

Low Sensitivity of Rapid Diagnostic Test for Influenza

Timothy M. Uyeki, Ramakrishna Prasad, Charles Vukotich, Samuel Stebbins, Charles R. Rinaldo, Yu-hui Ferng, Stephen S. Morse, Elaine L. Larson, Allison E. Aiello, Brian Davis and Arnold S. Monto

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 48, issue 9, pages e89-e92
Published in print May 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/597828
Low Sensitivity of Rapid Diagnostic Test for Influenza

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The QuickVue Influenza A+B Test (Quidel) was used to test nasal swab specimens obtained from persons with influenza-like illness in 3 different populations. Compared with reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, the test sensitivity was low for all populations (median, 27%; range, 19%–32%), whereas the specificity was high (median, 97%; range, 96%–99.6%).

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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