Predictive model for Zika virus RNA minipool nucleic acid testing in outbreak scenarios.

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Summary of "Predictive model for Zika virus RNA minipool nucleic acid testing in outbreak scenarios."

Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus, causes asymptomatic infections in blood donors and can be transmitted by transfusion. During the 2016 US outbreak, universal individual-donation nucleic acid testing (ID-NAT) was used to screen the blood supply for ZIKV. Testing pooled samples from multiple donations with minipool (MP)-NAT is less sensitive than ID-NAT, which raised questions about its utility in ZIKV outbreaks.


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Name: Transfusion
ISSN: 1537-2995


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