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  •  They can test for subtype (0+ / 0-)

    But once there stopped being any significant number of "A" influenzas in the US that were non-H1N1, they stopped bothering, except for random sampling to verify that, statistically, there are almost no seasonal A's.

    My understanding is that they do sub-type most who are hospitalized with influenza A, and almost all who die from an influenza A (which show almost exclusively H1N1).

    •  Subtype testing still expensive (2+ / 0-)
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      DemFromCT, mataliandy

      The type A testing is quick and cheap, but the subtype testing, at least here in Finland, still is costing about 140 euros a pop. Doctors order the test only in the rare instance it makes sense, as something like 97% of the testing is coming up H1N1. Obviously, the cost of the test is dropping all the time, but H1N1 has dethroned the H3N2 virus for the moment, reestablishing its dominance after a half century (although it seems to have been lurking in the background since 1977.

      •  so which lab let it escape? (0+ / 0-)

        there was no pandemic to reintroduce it in 77-78.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 04:35:19 AM PST

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