The Centers For Disease Control have just released solicitation # PR60921
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) intends to award a sole source firm fixed price purchase order to Life Technologies Corporation for 335 NA Fluor Influenza Reagent Kits. No other vendor provides this kit needed immeditely for the H7N9 outbreak and continuing surveillance work."Each one of these kits can test 960 viruses, which means that CDC has an immediate need to perform 321600 assays. Each assay allows the CDC to test a H7N9 virus sample for resistance to antiviral drugs.
The solicitation; its immediate nature; and the large number of tests ordered, is potentially either a harbinger of an expected near term explosion in the number of cases of H7N9, or an indicator of an unreported large scale H7N9 outbreak.