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J Pediatr. 1995 Jun;126(6):931-3.

Comparison of an optical immunoassay technique with two culture methods for the detection of group A streptococci in a pediatric office.


For detecting group A beta-hemolytic streptococci in an office setting, an optical immunoassay method was compared with two culture methods. The sensitivity and specificity of OIA as compared with 5% sheep blood agar cultures were 91.4% and 95.6%, and as compared with a Todd-Hewitt broth method were 90.4% and 94.1%, respectively.

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