Rapid Flu Test Helps Target Avian Flu
A rapid test for the detection of influenza type A and B viruses is now available from Thermo Scientific Limited. The Xpect Flu A & B test not only detects influenza A and B viruses from clinical samples within 15 minutes, but it also distinguishes between these two virus types.
Distinguishing between influenza types A and B helps virologists to target investigations for the H5N1 strain (a type A virus), which is responsible for the avian flu epidemic that is currently sweeping through poultry and wild bird populations in many Asian countries [1,2] Although H5N1 is principally an avian virus, cases of human infection have been reported in Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia [1,3,4]. Most cases are due to contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces, however a few cases of human to human transmission may have occurred . Because of this, and the ability of influenza viruses to change (drift and shift), many experts believe that we are on the verge of a serious flu pandemic [1,2,3].
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Posted on November 8, 2005