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Research Article

Equivalence of Self- and Staff-Collected Nasal Swabs for the Detection of Viral Respiratory Pathogens

  • Manas K. Akmatov mail,

    manas.akmatov@helmholtz-hzi.de

    Affiliation: Department of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany

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  • Anja Gatzemeier,

    Affiliation: Department of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany

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  • Klaus Schughart,

    Affiliations: Department of Infection Genetics, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover, Germany

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  • Frank Pessler

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, University Children’s Hospital, Technical University Dresden, Dresden, Germany

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  • Published: November 14, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048508

About the Authors

Manas K. Akmatov, Anja Gatzemeier, Frank Pessler
Department of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany
Klaus Schughart
Department of Infection Genetics, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany
Klaus Schughart
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover, Germany
Frank Pessler
Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, University Children’s Hospital, Technical University Dresden, Dresden, Germany

Corresponding Author

Email: manas.akmatov@helmholtz-hzi.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MKA FP. Performed the experiments: AG. Analyzed the data: MKA FP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KS. Wrote the paper: MKA FP. Approved the final version of the manuscript: MKA AG KS FP.