False positive results in severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) rapid antigen tests for inpatients

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J Infect Chemother. 2021 Mar 22:S1341-321X(21)00085-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jiac.2021.03.011. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 rapid antigen detection (RAD) test kits are widely used as primary screening test in Japan because rapid diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is critical for infection control. We report cases with RAD test false-positive results in a ward for patients with disabilities. RAD tests potentially evoke hospital operational risk. It is desirable that performing PCR test appropriately when patients admitted to a medical treatment ward with COVID-19 symptoms instead of RAD test.

PMID:33810971 | DOI:10.1016/j.jiac.2021.03.011

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