Fluorescent Antibody Technique in the Rapid Identification of Viral Agents in Submarines
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
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The report concerns a preliminary investigation of the use of fluorescent antibody technique in the rapid identification of viral agents responsible for upper-respiratory infections in submarines, particularly in Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines routinely deployed on extended patrols. The validity of indirect fluorescent antibody technique IFAT has been demonstrated by in vitro study. Pending future successful demonstration of in vivo studies, the technique, at this stage, can be adapted as a screening test for specific infections on board an FBM submarine. It is felt that this technique can be a useful tool in determining whether a small number of viruses are the causative agents of recurrent upper-respiratory infections within an FBM crew, and that IFAT studies of specific viral infections may form the foundation for eventual application of this technique for rapid diagnosis of upper-respiratory infections.
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