Influenza A&B Antigens Test

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FLU 497
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Nasal Swab
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Expected use

The Influenza A and B One-Step Test Kit (FLU A&B) is a convenient and rapid immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of influenza A and B nucleoprotein antigens from nasal or nasopharyngeal swabs obtained from patients with signs and symptoms. respiratory infection.The device is designed to aid in the rapid differential diagnosis of influenza A and B viral infection. This assay provides only a preliminary result. The test is not designed to detect influenza C antigens. Negative results must be confirmed by viral culture; they do not exclude influenza virus infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or other management decisions. The test is intended for professional and laboratory use.

Summary and explanation

Influenza is a highly contagious acute viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is a communicable disease that is easily transmitted from person to person through aerosol droplets that are excreted by sneezing and coughing. Common symptoms include high fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, and malaise. Influenza type A virus is more prevalent and is the main pathogen associated with severe epidemics. The type B virus causes disease that is generally not as severe as that caused by the type A virus.

Type A and B viruses can circulate simultaneously, but generally one type is dominant during a certain season. Early differential diagnosis of influenza type A or type B may allow adequate treatment with appropriate antiviral therapy while reducing the incidence of inappropriate antibiotic treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment are of particular value in a clinical setting where an accurate diagnosis can assist the healthcare professional in managing influenza patients who are at risk of complications. Flu A & B is a rapid immunoassay that is used as an aid in the differential diagnosis of influenza type A and type B.