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Highly sensitive H1N1 flu test with 24-hour TAT.

A well known national reference lab has introduced the first real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to aid in identifying Influenza A HIN1, the virus also known as swine flu, and differentiate patients infected with other seasonal Influenza A strains. Real-time PCR is a highly sensitive testing technique that can detect the presence of a virus' RNA from a patient's nasal or nasopharyngeal specimen. The test has been validated using clinical specimens submitted to its reference lab confirmed as positive by public health authorities. Expected TAT for reporting results is within 24 hours of receipt of specimen.


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Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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