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Swine Flu Center
Testing for H1N1 Influenza
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TESTING FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA
Karishma Kulkarni, Nikhil Thatte, Rucha Shelgikar, Ira Shah
medical Sciences Department, Pediatric Oncall
Address for Correspondence:
1/B Saguna, 271/B St. Francis Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400056.
Does every mild upper respiratory infection need to be tested for swine flu?
Though it is recommended that all patients with flu like symptoms should be tested for H1N1 influenza, it may not be practically possible due to limited testing facilities. Besides, the infection is mild in most of the patients and is self limiting. Thus, one may have to test only those patients who are at a high risk group such as infants, patients with
, heart disease, chronic illnesses, immunocompromised patients and chronic lung disease.
Is it always necessary to do the tests from government centres?
As of today, i.e. 11th August, 2009, the Government in all states is trying to increase the number of
swine flu testing
centres in all major cities, towns and peripheral regions. New testing centres are being set up by the Government.
In addition to this, to deal with the bulk of people rushing to be tested, the Health Ministry has directed the state governments to identify private hospitals and laboratories for the testing of swine flu.
It has been decided to allow private laboratories with a high level of bio-safety to conduct the swine flu tests but only after they are accredited by the Health Ministry based on their testing capacity.
What tests should be done?
The tests available at government testing centres are real-time RT-PCR, a viral culture and tests which detect rise in the antibodies against swine flu in the given
sample. Apart from these, your local physician may perform a rapid dip stick test to diagnose Influenza A virus, and may then refer you to the government centre to find out if you have specific
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Yes, they will contribute to patient welfare
No, they do not know the medical system of another country
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