Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, February 6th, 2001
Compared to nasopharyngeal aspirate collection, which is unpleasant for the patient, using a nasal swab is simple. Though the former is considered the best way to detect the virus, T. Heikkinen, of the Turku University Hospital in Finland, and associates evaluated nasal swab use for its ease in detecting which patients would benefit from the newer influenza medications.
"Testing of nasal swabs detected influenza in 21 of 23 children who were found to have the virus in nasopharyngeal aspirate specimens. Nasal swab specimens are easy and painless...
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