Molecular methods for diagnosis of influenza

Maria Zambon*, Joanna Ellis

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    The accurate and reliable diagnosis of transmissible diseases is the first requirement to ensure their control. Several different pathogens can produce respiratory illness with similar clinical symptoms, making an accurate diagnosis of influenza by a physician difficult. The invention and development of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology has enabled rapid and sensitive viral diagnostic tests to influence patient treatment. Molecular methods used directly on clinical materials have an important role to play in the diagnosis and surveillance of influenza viruses.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)267-273
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Congress Series
    Issue numberC
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2001


    • HMA
    • RT-PCR
    • Restriction assay
    • Sequence
    • Surveillance


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