H1N1

Meta-Analysis of 29233 patients, spanning 78 clinical trials among hospitalized patients over a 5 year period confirms:
Swine Flu related mortality can worsen with each day’s delay in treatment. Oseltamivir treatment works best when given within first 2 days of symptom onset. Hence, prompt and early diagnosis of swine flu and early treatment can save many lives: (Lancet).

Health authorities have categorized H1N1 patients as follows:

Category A (ideal for influenza screening)Category BCategory C
Not RequiredRequiredCertainly Required
SymptomsMild fever, cough and sore throat, body ache, headache, nausea and diarrhoeaHigh grade fever, cough and sore throat, body ache, headache, nausea and diarrhoea in the high-risk category (children with mild illness, pregnant women, persons over 65, patients with lung, liver, heart, kidney, blood or neurological diseases or have been on long-term cortisone therapy)Symptoms of category A and B.

Breathlessness, chest pain, drowsiness, fall in blood pressure, sputum mixed with blood, bluish discolouration of nail.

Children with influenza-like illness, high and persistent fever, inability to feed, convulsions & difficulty in breathing

Lab TestsInfluenza screening by RT-PCRH1N1 testing by RT- PCRH1N1 testing by RT- PCR

Suburban Diagnostics, Your Trusted Partner in Diagnostic Solutions, offers CDC recommended H1N1 testing. Also available Influenza screening by RT-PCR

H1N1 testing at Suburban Diagnostics
Test CodeSample TypeMethodCut-offTurn Around Time (TAT)
PATH007179Throat swabs and/ or nasal swabsReal Time RT PCRSample by 9 am*Same Day, 6 pm
Influenza screening at Suburban Diagnostics
Test CodeSample TypeMethodCut-offTurn Around Time (TAT)
PATH007148Throat swabs and/ or nasal swabsReal Time RT PCRSample by 9 am*Same Day, 6 pm
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