Influenza Virus Isolation and Identification

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Details

Pathogen:
Influenza virus
Laboratory:
Influenza and Respiratory Viruses
Phone:
(204) 789-6045
Fax:
(204) 789-2082
Email:
Frequency:
Annually. Sent in September/October.
Description:

Influenza viruses are sent to participating laboratories to ascertain their ability to isolate and identify strains of influenza.  The influenza viruses that are used each year are representatives of the WHO recommended flu vaccine strains (H3N2, H1N1, and B). 

Scope:

Isolation, detection, or subtyping of seasonal influenza A and B

Fees:

None

Eligibility criteria for participation:

Provincial and regional public health laboratories that routinely test for influenza by methods other than PCR.  

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.