The role of the laboratory in disease surveillance
AbstractLaboratory information is critical for disease surveillance and control programmes. Before an outbreak, laboratory-supported surveillance allows early detection of cases. During an outbreak a sample of cases should be laboratory confirmed to assess changes in the etiological agent and to guide decisions about the allocation of resources. Support is provided by laboratories of differing capabilities. Field laboratories are useful in areas where resources are limited or nonexistent. More complete testing is usually done in regional laboratories. International reference laboratories may identify rare or dangerous pathogens, identify newly described organisms, and provide uncommon diagnostic reagents. Laboratory information must be accurate, timely and subjected to quality assurance procedures
Kay A., Bradford. (1996). The role of the laboratory in disease surveillance. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118906
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 2 (1), 68-72, 1996
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