2013 Article - "Detection of respiratory viruses using a multiplex real-time PCR assay in Germany, 2009/10" (limited access)

Summary: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of respiratory viruses and to prospectively evaluate the performance of the FTD respiratory pathogens multiplex PCR assay shortly after the 2009/10 influenza pandemic. The most prevalent viruses were respiratory syncytial virus and human metapneumovirus. Only pandemic influenza virus A/H1N1 (2009), and not seasonal influenza virus, was detected. Viruses other than influenza virus accounted for the majority of acute respiratory infections. The FTD assay can be easily implemented in general diagnostic laboratories and facilitate the optimization of patient-management schemes.

Kit used: FTD Respiratory pathogens 21

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