What is influenza?
Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza A, B, H1N1 viruses, among others. Symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on each individual.
The influenza virus is transmitted by droplets of saliva containing the virus, which can land in the nose or mouth of an uninfected person. Likewise, it is known that contagion can occur through contact with surfaces contaminated with saliva containing the virus.
The most common symptoms are fever and chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle pain, myalgia, tiredness, headache. In some people, symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea may occur.
Process to carry out the study
For the detection of H1N1, A and B influenza, you should only schedule an appointment in any of the means mentioned at the bottom of this page, the sample is through oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swabs.
Technique: PCR (polymerase chain reaction).
Type: qualitative (detection).