Low Sensitivity of Rapid Diagnostic Test for Influenza

Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Clinical Infectious Diseases (Impact Factor: 8.89). 06/2009; 48(9):e89-92. DOI: 10.1086/597828
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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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