Real-time Laboratory-Based Influenza Surveillance with Xpert Flu

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Dugas, A., Burkom, H., & Rothman, R. (2015). Real-time Laboratory-Based Influenza Surveillance with Xpert Flu. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 7(1).


In order to provide real-time access to influenza test results, we created a laboratory-based surveillance system which automatically uploaded influenza test results from a rapid PCR-based influenza test, Xpert Flu, and the associated testing times and locations. On-site, type-specific results were available to physicians and uploaded for public health awareness within 100 minutes of patient nasopharyngeal swab. Expansion of this real-time capability to sentinel facilities could improve both local and national surveillance and response, reducing the need for syndromic influenza surveillance.
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