Detection of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus by PCR

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Details

Pathogen:
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Laboratory:
Influenza and Respiratory Viruses
Phone:
(204) 789-6045
Fax:
(204) 789-2082
Email:
Frequency:
Annually. Sent in June.
Description:

Gamma-irradiated (inactivated) MERS-CoV RNA is sent to participating laboratories to ascertain their ability to detect the virus. 

Scope:

Detection of MERS-CoV by PCR.

Fees:

None

Eligibility criteria for participation:

Provincial and regional public health laboratories that provide testing for MERS-CoV detection.

Confidentiality arrangements:

Participating laboratories are assigned a numerical code known only to that laboratory and NML.  Cumulative results summaries display results by numerical codes only.  Participant contact information is not shared with other participants.

How to apply:

Contact Dr. Yan Li (yan.li@canada.ca) or Dr. Nathalie Bastien (nathalie.bastien@canada.ca) at the NML Influenza and Respiratory Viruses section.