OBJECTIVE: Alere i Influenza A&B is an isothermal nucleic acid amplification-based integrated system used for detecting and differentiating between influenza virus A and influenza virus B. We evaluated the clinical performances of Alere i Influenza A&B compared to that of real-time PCR, multiplex real-time PCR, and two rapid influenza diagnostic kits. METHODS: Nasopharyngeal aspiration specimens (n=315) from patients with signs of acute respiratory infection were collected between 2015 and 2016. Samples were tested using real-time PCR, the multiplex RT-PCR Anyplex II RV16 Detection kit, Alere i Influenza A&B, BD Veritor™ System Flu A+B, and the Sofia Influenza A+B Fluorescence Immunoassay. Positive influenza specimens detected by the Anyplex II RV16 Detection kit were tested by real-time PCR. RESULTS: Compared to that of multiplex RT-PCR (influenza A, n=88; influenza B, n=82; influenza-negative, n=145), the sensitivities of Alere i, Sofia, and Veritor for influenza A were 97.7%, 72.7%, and 71.6%, respectively, whereas for influenza B, the sensitivities were 96.3%, 80.4%, and 75.6%, respectively. The specificity of Alere i, Sofia, and Veritor was 100.0%. CONCLUSIONS: The clinical performance of Alere i Influenza A&B is satisfactory, with the advantage of a significantly shorter test time than other molecular assays. It is suitable for point-of-care testing and rapid influenza diagnostic tests because of its high sensitivity and specificity.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2021 Jan 1|
- Alere i Influenza A&B
- Real-time PCR
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