Influenza Virus Molecular Proficiency Testing

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Details

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

Influenza virus RNA in varying dilutions of different HA types and subtypes (e.g.  H1, H3, H5, H7, B) are sent to participating laboratories to test their molecular detection methods.  Negative controls are included in the panel.

Scope:

Detection and genotyping of seasonal and zoonotic influenza A and B.

Fees:

None

Eligibility criteria for participation:

Provincial and regional public health laboratories that routinely test for influenza by molecular methods.

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.