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Viral Culture

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Viral Culture

Slide 2

April 2012

I’d like to begin with a brief overview of viral culture. As many of you probably know, it is a traditional microbiology method that was previously considered to be the “gold standard” for viral diagnosis although this is now changing with wider use of molecular diagnostic tools. Viral culture uses methods such as tube culture and shell vial culture and it is more sensitive than rapid antigen detection methods such as the ubiquitous “card tests” for influenza and RSV.

Viral Culture


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