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We analyzed 129 paired nasopharyngeal aspirates (stored in viral transport medium [VTM]) and nasopharyngeal swabs (stored in skim milk-tryptone-glucose-glycerol [STGG] bacterial transport and storage medium) using PCRs to detect adenoviruses, influenza virus A or B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Overall, swabs stored in STGG medium without antimicrobials were found to be an acceptable alternative to aspirates stored in antimicrobial-containing VTM, with PCR agreement of 90.2% (kappa of 0.8).

Original publication

DOI

10.1128/JCM.00224-11

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Clin Microbiol

Publication Date

06/2011

Volume

49

Pages

2311 - 2313

Keywords

Child, Preschool, Humans, Infant, Nasopharynx, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Respiratory Tract Infections, Specimen Handling, Virology, Virus Diseases, Viruses