Swine Flu (H1N1): Sigma;-Virocult® and Virocult® Meet WHO, CDC, HPA Swab Guidelines
Swine Flu (H1N1): ∑-Virocult® and Virocult® for use with guidelines of WHO, CDC, HPA and other leading agencies, and compliant with CLSI's M40-A.
Medical Wire's new Sigma™ Virocult® (single and duo formats), and classic Virocult® are used for collection of upper respiratory specimens from patients being tested for infection with the suspected novel influenza A (H1N1) virus, in accordance with guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation1, the US Centers for Disease Control and Infection2, the UK Health Protection Agency3, and other leading agencies.
WHO guidelines for influenza specimen collection4, 1 state that a variety of specimens are suitable, including nasal swab, nasopharyngeal swab, nasopharyngeal aspirate, nasal wash, or throat swab. Respiratory specimens should be collected and transported in virus transport media.
1.Diagnosing Swine Influenza A/H1N1 Infections of current concern
2.Interim Guidance on Specimen Collection, Processing, and Testing for Patients with Suspected Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/specimencollection.htm
3. Standard practical advice for investigating individuals with possible swine influenza infection
4. WHO guidelines for the collection of human specimens for laboratory diagnosis of avian influenza infection
5. Rudsdale, A., 2009, Evaluation of a Virology Specimen Transport Device with Six Viruses using CLSI Standard M40-A, Poster C053, ASM 109th General Meeting, Philadelphia
6. Quality Control of Microbiological Transport Systems: Approved Standard. NCCLS document M40-A. 2003.
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Posted: May 18, 2009
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