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Low Sensitivity of Rapid Diagnostic Test for Influenza


Uyeki, Timothy M.; Prasad, Ramakrishna; Vukotich, Charles J. Jr.; Stebbins, Samuel; Rinaldo, Charles R.; Ferng, Yu-Hui; Morse, Stephen S.; Larson, Elaine L.; Aiello, Allison E.; & Davis, Brian M., et al. (2009). Low Sensitivity of Rapid Diagnostic Test for Influenza. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 48(9), e89-92.


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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Journal Article

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Clinical Infectious Diseases


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