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You asked me why I thought swine flu tests were ineffective, here it is...

Swine Flu tests

The rapid tests for Swine Flu "are missing a ton of flu," Christine Ginocchio told the Times. She's director of the division of microbiology, virology and molecular diagnostics at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Lake Success, N.Y.:

"In a study published recently in The Journal of Clinical Virology, Dr. Ginocchio found that one rapid test detected only 10 percent of the swine flu infections that could be picked up by a more sophisticated laboratory

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:53 PM on Oct. 28, 2009 in Health

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  • Instead of news media, start reading medical journals.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:55 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

    “These results affirm recent CDC recommendations against using negative RIDT results for management of patients with possible 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) infection,” the authors wrote.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:58 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • In SoCal they're only testing those hospitalized, and it takes aweek. But at the moment they're considering all flu patients to be H1N1 as seasonal flu hasn't shown up yet.

    Answer by gdiamante at 6:52 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • We went to our family doctor's office and they said they can not test for swine flu. We would have to go to a hospital for that. What a joke!

    It was very frustrating. Another pregnant woman died in California today from Swine Flu..

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

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