REUTERS, August 6, 2009
CDC’s first study finds cases missed at least half the time
The team at CDC’s influenza division tested three popular diagnostics — BinaxNow, made by Inverness Medical Innovations, Becton Dickinson’s Directigen EZ Flu A+B test and Quidel’s QuickVue.
The QuickVue test detected 69 percent of the H1N1 cases, the Directigen test found 49 percent and BinaxNow caught just 40 percent.
None can distinguish among the different types of flu — they just tell a patient and a doctor if one of the flu viruses is there. [emphasis added]
In its latest update, the World Health Organization last week reported 162,230 confirmed cases of the pandemic H1N1 virus and 1,154 deaths, but the CDC says more than a million people in the United States alone have been infected.
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[Ed. note: Also see Independent UK OpEd, The hidden truth behind drug company profits, August 5, 2009.]