Rapid flu tests only 50 to 70 percent reliable, CDC says

Rapid flu tests only 50 to 70 percent reliable, CDC says

DALLAS -- Dominic Sy didn't feel well, so he came to an emergency room to get a rapid flu test. It requires a swab deep in the nasal cavity for a proper sample, but the results, which are back in around five minutes, can produce false negatives -- meaning a patient with the flu may not know it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the quick tests are only 50 to 70 percent accurate. They're the most common flu test performed at hospitals and clinics during flu season. Last week,15-year-old Kira Molina went to a suburban Atlanta...

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