H7N9 rapid test to keep virus at bay

An existing test has been modified by Pathology Queensland laboratory technicians and involves collecting a nasopharyngeal swab or nasopharyngeal aspirates from suspected cases.

Professor Graeme Nimmo, director of microbiology at Pathology Queensland, said the test was essential to help Australia keep the virus at bay.

“The test has been developed as an essential part of the preparedness for a potential bird flu pandemic. It allows cases to be detected very rapidly, enabling treatment to commence in as short a possible time, limiting the spread