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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

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