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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

Part 2


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Molecular Diagnostic Methods Potential Advantages

Slide 5

July 2010

Therefore, molecular diagnostic methods offer potential advantages as adjunctive or alternative tests. They often have improved sensitivity and specificity compared to subjective morphologic exams, and they may be able to detect nucleic acid in acute disease, prior to the formation of a detectable serologic response. Compared to serology, they are also a better method to test for cure, since the presence of DNA or RNA will disappear prior to the antibody response, which can last for months to years after infection.

Molecular Diagnostic Methods Potential Advantages


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