Molecular Detection of Swine Influenza H1N1

- Institut Pasteur Pais, France, May 19, 2009-

Researchers at the National Influenza Centre in Institut Pasteur Paris have developed a 12-hour swine influenza H1N1 detection test. Based on RT-PCR (Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) technology targeting the H1 gene this sensible assay allows a faster detection of cases of the newly emergent H1N1 virus compared to viral genome sequencing. Institut Pasteur has made it available to all the French refecence laboratories and to the Institut Pasteur International Network.