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FDA clears bird flu test

April 13, 2009 by  

FDA clears bird flu testIn an effort to prepare for an avian flu epidemic, the FDA announced it has cleared a new, more rapid test for avian influenza A virus.

The test, which is called AVantage A/H5N1 Flu Test, detects influenza A/H5N1 in throat or nose swabs collected from patients who have flu-like symptoms in less than 40 minutes.

Previous FDA-approved tests took three to four hours to produce results.

"This test is an important tool to help quickly identify emerging influenza A/H5N1 infections and reduce exposure to large populations," says Dr Daniel G. Schultz, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

"The clearance of this test represents a major step toward protecting the public from the threat of pandemic flu," he adds.

According to the CDC, the H5N1 subtype virus – which is found mostly in birds – has caused the largest number of detected cases of serious disease and death among avian influenza viruses that have infected humans.

The most challenging aspect in the fight against H5N1 lies in its capacity to quickly mutate and spread, which may lead to an influenza pandemic.

Thus far, global health authorities have confirmed 412 human cases of bird flu, almost all in Asia and northern Africa.

It has not yet been detected in the Americas, according to the FDA.

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  • katie

    to be honest im not so sure about this subject its seems to me to be a serious subject when it comes to having a really bad and or low immune system….i for one have a very high immune system i have been sick less then 10 times in my entire life.But for thiose who dont have a very good immune system and can catch this “cold” are pretty much royaly Screwed?

    • Cip

      We never know…
      The 1918 Spanish flu (H1N1) killed many young adults and otherwise healthy victims. It was not like a typical influenza that kills mostly infants (aged 0-2 years), the elderly, and the immunocompromised. As a result, it could be worse for the healthy ones… We never know…

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  • Jarrod Newton

    I congratulate you for writing this, I was looking for this.


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