The OSOM Ultra Flu A & B Test is an in vitro rapid qualitative test that detects influenza type A and type B nucleoprotein antigens directly from nasal swab, nasopharyngeal swab, and nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash specimens obtained from patients with signs and symptoms of respiratory infection.
Features and Benefits
- Simple 5 step CLIA-waived procedure with pre-measured extraction buffer for swab samples
Accurate, differentiated interpretation of results in 10-15 minutes to test and treat patients in one office visit
- CPT Codes:
- Influenza A: 87801
- Influenza B: 87804
- Influenza A & B: 87804 and 87804-59
- Sample Type: nasal swab, nasopharyngeal swab, and nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash
What are Influenza Type A Flu and Type B Flu?
Influenza A viruses are the most harmful, as they can cause severe disease. Wild aquatic birds are often the hosts for a large variety of influenza A viruses. Sometimes these viruses are transmitted from bird to human and can cause devastating outbreaks. Influenza B almost exclusively infects humans and is less common than influenza A. Flu type B also mutates about two to three times more slowly than influenza A. Because humans are the natural host of influenza B, pandemics generally do not occur with influenza B viruses.
More information about Influenza is available at the CDC.gov.