The sensitivity of rapid diagnostic tests for the novel H1N1 influenza virus are low, ranging from 40-69%. This compared to the sensitivity for seasonal influenza, which are better, ranging from 60-83%, but still not very sensitive. It is important to note that rapid influenza tests do not rule out influenza disease, especially for novel H1N1 (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.