In 2009, a new subtype of influenza A virus called H1N1, or Swine Flu, was identified after it caused outbreaks in North America. The virus quickly spread around the world, with 74 countries and territories reporting laboratory-confirmed infections by the time the WHO declared a pandemic in June 2009. According to the CDC, between 2009 and 2018, Swine Flu has caused over 100 million illnesses, almost 1 million hospitalizations, and 75,000 deaths in the US alone. Seasonal flu vaccines do not protect against Swine Flu, but antiviral drugs can be prescribed to treat infections.
Solaris Diagnostics offers a Respiratory Pathogen Panel that uses RT-PCR testing to detect viral targets present in Swine Flu and other flu viruses. This test can provide a quick and accurate diagnosis, which is crucial for starting an effective treatment plan for infected patients. With a turnaround time of 24 hours from sample receipt, Solaris Diagnostics can help doctors diagnose patients with Swine Flu and other respiratory infections. To learn more or schedule testing, visit the Solaris Diagnostics website or call us.