Journal Article

Ruling Out Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus Infection with Direct Fluorescent Antigen Testing

Nira R. Pollock, Scott Duong, Annie Cheng, Linda L. Han, Sandra Smole and James E. Kirby

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 49, issue 6, pages e66-e68
Published in print September 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/644502
Ruling Out Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus Infection with Direct Fluorescent Antigen Testing

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We evaluated the ability of direct fluorescent antigen (DFA) influenza tests to identify novel H1N1 influenza virus. DFA results were compared with polymerase chain reaction results. The negative predictive value of DFA testing was at least 96%. Therefore, when performed on specimens of adequate quality, DFA tests can effectively rule out infection due to novel H1N1 virus.

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

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