THOMAS F. SMITH, PH.D.
Although many viruses such as herpes simplex, influenza, and most of the enteroviruses can be identified in cell cultures within 24 to 72 h after inoculation, more rapid diagnostic methods are gaining practical acceptance in virology laboratories. In this context, "rapid" connotes that the antigen of the causal virus should be identified in secretions, exudates and body fluids, biopsy specimens, or skin scrapings within 3 to 4 h after collection. A recently published WHO memorandum (1) provides valuable descriptions, guidelines, and recommendations for the use of the immunofluorescence and immunoperoxidase tests. Other rapid tests are also available and merit mention
SMITH TF. Rapid Diagnosis of Viral Infections. Ann Intern Med. 1978;88:708–709. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-5-708
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