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Influenza B

Test Code: 0520

Cpt Code:

87798 (x1)

Clinical Utility

This assay is only available as part of a panel and cannot be ordered individually.

Influenza viruses are highly contagious and most serious in young children, elderly, and immunocompromised patients. Influenza virus infections present as fever, myalgia, headache, malaise, nonproductive cough, sore throat, and rhinitis. Otitis media, nausea, and vomiting are commonly seen in children. Influenza infections can lead to primary viral pneumonia or secondary bacterial pneumonia, especially in patients with pulmonary or cardiac disease. The Respiratory Viral Panel detects influenza A, influenza A subtype H1, influenza A subtype H3, and Influenza B.
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