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Point of care influenza testing using Alere-i Influenza A & B assay: a practical assessment
We assessed the utility of the Alere i Influenza A & B point of care influenza test (Ai-POCIT) with laboratory testing using RT-PCR. 270 adult hospital patients had both Ai-POCIT and laboratory influenza tests conducted on the same sample. Overall, 30% and 32% influenza tests were positive by Ai-POCIT and RT-PCR, respectively. The sensitivity of the Ai-POCIT for influenza A, influenza B and any influenza were 93%, 100%, and 95%, respectively. Specificity was 100% for both viruses, but an 11%doi:10.1101/375493 fatcat:a2covf53p5fyhevrgny4dsa7la