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E validity of real-time PCR results for respiratory virus investigations in community-based studies. Keywords: Nasal swab, Respiratory virus, Real-time polymerase chain reaction, Quality control, Mould, Community-based study* Correspondence: a.alsaleh@uq.edu.au 1 Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Queensland 4029, Australia 2 Queensland Paediat
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Ssical culture and phenotypic-based methods and have led to the discovery of new respiratory viruses [2]. However, contemporary studies employing these new techniques have often used convenience samples obtained from patients admitted to hospital or attending Emergency Department clinics [3-5]. Understanding more fully the ARI disease burden in the community is important for developing public heal
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Hallenges, particularly concerning respiratory sample collection and transport. Most studies have relied upon clinic or home visits by trained healthcare workers to collect specimens during an ARI episode, which imposes restrictions upon busy families and may lead to biased disease estimates and specimen availability [10-12]. Cost and feasibility of using healthcare workers are also important when
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Hallenges, particularly concerning respiratory sample collection and transport. Most studies have relied upon clinic or home visits by trained healthcare workers to collect specimens during an ARI episode, which imposes restrictions upon busy families and may lead to biased disease estimates and specimen availability [10-12]. Cost and feasibility of using healthcare workers are also important when
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E validity of real-time PCR results for respiratory virus investigations in community-based studies. Keywords: Nasal swab, Respiratory virus, Real-time polymerase chain reaction, Quality control, Mould, Community-based study* Correspondence: a.alsaleh@uq.edu.au 1 Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Queensland 4029, Australia 2 Queensland Paediat
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Ssical culture and phenotypic-based methods and have led to the discovery of new respiratory viruses [2]. However, contemporary studies employing these new techniques have often used convenience samples obtained from patients admitted to hospital or attending Emergency Department clinics [3-5]. Understanding more fully the ARI disease burden in the community is important for developing public heal
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T ambient temperature has limited or no impact on respiratory virus detection by PCR [14,20,21], although investigating further the effects of transporting samples for extended periods and at higher temperatures was highlighted in one study [20]. The observational research in childhood infectious diseases (ORChID) project is a longitudinal, communitybased, dynamic birth cohort study, which seeks t
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T ambient temperature has limited or no impact on respiratory virus detection by PCR [14,20,21], although investigating further the effects of transporting samples for extended periods and at higher temperatures was highlighted in one study [20]. The observational research in childhood infectious diseases (ORChID) project is a longitudinal, communitybased, dynamic birth cohort study, which seeks t