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Influenza Test Procedure & More: Puritan’s Flu Central

Oct 27, 2014 8:58:54 AM

Ebola. Enterovirus. What’s next? Let’s not forget about the United States’ most prevalent and insidious virus: the flu. 

Last week, a toddler in Delaware was identified as the first influenza case of the 2014/2015 year. Flu season is officially underway. We send out hundreds of viral transport media kits for flu testing and field dozens of questions from healthcare professionals about what equipment to have on hand. 

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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

How to Collect a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen for Flu Testing [VIDEO]

Oct 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM

It's the start of flu season. As North America's most trusted manufacturer of single-use-medical-products, we thought it was important to provide our clients with as much information as possible about flu testing best practices.

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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Medical, Diagnostic

How to Test for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

Oct 15, 2014 10:22:08 AM

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), first detected in 1962, is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This year’s aggressive strain is said to be related to strains detected back in 2012 and 2013. But that doesn't mean it's any easier for healthcare facilities to test for enterovirus D68.

Unfortunatelytesting for EV-D68 has proven difficult because although on-the-spot tests can detect the presence of an enterovirus, many cannot perform the typing analysis necessary to attribute the virus to a particular strain. Additionally, it’s not always clear when to test for enterovirus and when to attribute symptoms to other respiratory illnesses. 

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Topics: Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

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