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How long do the tests take to confirm H1N1 virus?

In Topics: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Oct 24, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Dear Anthony:

True H1N1 testing is done at certified laboratories and can take anywhere from a day or more.  Usually this is done by the state department of health or a few commercial laboratories.  In office testing done by commercial kits often only tests for influenza A or B. We assume that the circulating strain now is A and H1N1 but it is an assumption. Some "sentinel" offices have kits provided by the state to specifically test for H1N1 but are limited. I hope this answers your question.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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