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Osong Public Health Res Perspect > Volume 5(2); 2014
Wiwanitkit: Detecting Influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 Virus Infection Using Immunochromatographic Assay
To the Editor,
The recent paper entitled “Development of a specific and rapid diagnostic method for detecting influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus infection using immunochromatographic assay” by Ji et al [1] is very interesting. Ji et al [1] concluded that “the proposed method can be easily used for rapid and specific detection of the pdm09 infection.” To develop a new diagnostic test for detecting influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus infection would be useful. The problem with the present technique is the low sensitivity. Although it has 100% specificity, the test cannot be used as a good screening tool due to poor sensitivity [2]. A rapid test for detecting influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus should help screen suspected cases of the disease. The cost of the new test is a very interesting issue. Whether or not this new test is cost-effective requires further clarification.

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The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Notes

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

References

1. Ji M.J., Cho B.K., Cho Y.S.. Development of a specific and rapid diagnostic method for detecting influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus infection using immunochromatographic assay. Osong Public Health Res Perspect 4(6):2013 Dec;342−346.
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2. Kim D.K., Poudel B.. Tools to detect influenza virus. Yonsei Med J 54(3):2013 May;560−566.
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