Measles Molecular EQA Panel

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Details

Pathogen:
Measles virus
Laboratory:
Viral Exanthemata & STDs - Measles, Mumps and Rubella Unit
Phone:
(204) 789-6024 or (204) 789-7055
Fax:
(204) 318-2222
Email:
Frequency:
Annually
Description:

The molecular EQA panel is offered annually in the spring. Blind panels of mock clinical samples are sent to participating laboratories for molecular detection of measles virus RNA. The results are compiled and a report is issued to participating laboratories. This panel is combined with the mumps molecular EQA panel.

Scope:

An external quality assurance panel for the detection of measles (including vaccine, genotype A) virus by RT-PCR.

Fees:

None

Eligibility criteria for participation:

Public health laboratories and hospital diagnostic laboratories. International laboratories may be directed to other WHO network laboratories in their region.

Confidentiality arrangements:

Participants are assigned alphanumeric codes which anonymizes their identity. Participant’s contact information and results are not shared among the group.

How to apply:

Send an email to phac.nml.vestd-lnm.evmts.aspc@canada.ca requesting to be added to the distribution list.