Acute respiratory infections

Various pathogens (bacteria and viruses) can cause respiratory tract infections (Bordetella pertussis, pneumococcus, RSV, Haemophilus influenzae, and others). These are frequent pathologies which are the cause of many consultations. Infants and elderly patients are the most vulnerable.

Lower respiratory tract infections include bronchitis or tracheobronchitis, bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

 Whooping cough, flu, adenovirus, RSV

  • Sampling sites: nasopharyngeal aspiration or swab;
  • Smear: place the swab measuring a few cm into both nostrils (+/- 7 cm for adults) to reach the nasal pharynx. Rub thoroughly by turning it to collect the cells;
  • Place the swab in its transport container;
  • Send it to the laboratory within 24 hours maximum.

Immuno-PCR is also available.

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