[Deployment of a mobile RT-PCR laboratory molecular biology to deal with the A(H1N1) challenge in Kaboul]

Med Mal Infect. 2010 Nov;40(11):650-3. doi: 10.1016/j.medmal.2010.06.008. Epub 2010 Jul 21.
[Article in French]


Since October 2009, the fear of swine flu spread in Afghanistan and severe cases were observed among NATO soldiers. Two patients were hospitalized in an Intensive Care Unit. To face this new challenge, the French Health Service decided the deployment of a mobile RT-PCR laboratory molecular biology in the Kabul International Military Hospital. We describe the implementation of the mobile RT-PCR laboratory for the diagnosis of A(H1N1). The analysis of the first nasopharyngeal samples confirmed the presence of this virus in Afghanistan. The peak of positive cases was observed in mid-November 2009, and some cluster cases were observed among units deployed on the field.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Afghanistan
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype*
  • Influenza, Human / diagnosis*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mobile Health Units*
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction*
  • Urban Health
  • Young Adult