Table 2.

Comparison of conventional culturing or shell vial culturing, multiplex TaqMan PCR, and nested multiplex PCR for the detection of influenza viruses A and B in 98 clinical specimens

MethodNo. (%) of samples that were:
PositiveNegative
Conventional culturing or shell vial culturing22 (12)76 (88)
Multiplex TaqMan PCR40 (41)58 (59)
 Influenza virus A36 (37)62 (63)
 Influenza virus B4 (4)94 (96)
Nested multiplex PCR44 (45)54 (55)