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The novel H1N1 outbreak: Lessons learned

from Laboratory Medicine via Medscape

For the Israel Davidson Laboratory of Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, the spring 2009 outbreak of H1N1 could have been a catastrophic epidemic. While it was not catastrophic, the lab did process 16 percent of the positive cases of H1N1 in Cook County—the Illinois county with the largest number of confirmed cases, in the state with the largest number of confirmed cases. The spring outbreak provided valuable lessons for the Sinai lab and other health center laboratories. Long delays for confirmation made cohorting patients difficult, whereas if available, rapid, definitive testing for H1N1 would facilitate patient cohorting and allow workers with non-influenza infections to return to work sooner. more

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