HOW DOES THE STATE LABORATORY AID INFLUENZA SURVEILLANCE?
The DHMH Laboratories Administration consists of over 40 specialty laboratory sections and units. Influenza testing at DHMH labs consists of real-time PCR and viral culture. For purposes of influenza surveillance, these tests are deemed confirmatory. Rapid tests, which are performed in clinical laboratories, do not count as confirmed cases until the State Lab detects a confirmed case.