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Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Oct 1;49(7):1090-3. doi: 10.1086/644743.

Rapid antigen tests for diagnosis of pandemic (Swine) influenza A/H1N1.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Rush University Medicial Center, Chicago, IL, USA.


We found that the sensitivities of 3 rapid influenza antigen tests for pandemic influenza A/H1N1 virus were low to moderate: BD Directigen EZ Flu A+B test (Becton Dickinson), 46.7%; BinaxNOW Influenza A&B (Inverness Medical), 38.3%; and QuickVue Influenza A+B Test (Quidel), 53.3%. A patient with influenza-like illness who has a negative rapid antigen test result should undergo further testing using reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction.

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