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Table 1 Laboratory methods used for RSV and influenza virus detection or isolation.

From: Surveillance recommendations based on an exploratory analysis of respiratory syncytial virus reports derived from the European Influenza Surveillance System

  Methods used for RSV detection/isolation Methods used for influenza virus detection/isolation
England RT-PCR, culture RT-PCR, culture
France ELFA, culture ELISA, culture
Netherlands RT-PCR, culture IF, RT-PCR, culture
Scotland RT-PCR (multiplex) RT-PCR (multiplex)
  1. ELFA: enzyme-linked fluorescent assay (automated qualitative test)
  2. ELISA: enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
  3. IF: immunofluorescence; this technique was not performed for sentinel samples
  4. RT-PCR: reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction