Performance of the OraQuick HCV rapid antibody test for screening exposed patients in a hepatitis c outbreak investigation

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  • During a nosocomial hepatitis C outbreak, emergency public clinics employed the OraQuick HCV rapid antibody test on site, and all results were verified by a standard enzyme immunoassay (EIA). Of 1,157 persons, 1,149 (99.3%) exhibited concordant results between the two tests (16 positive, 1,133 negative). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value were 94.1%, 99.5%, 72.7%, and 99.9%, respectively. OraQuick performed well as a screening test during an outbreak investigation and could be integrated into future hepatitis C virus (HCV) outbreak testing algorithms. Copyright © 2014, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
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  • Gao F; Talbot EA; Loring CH; Power JJ; Dionne-Odom J; Alroy-Preis S; Jackson P; Bean CL
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  • 2650
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  • 2652
  • Volume

  • 52
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  • 7