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Disease/Aetiologic Agent Comment Specimen Methods Turnaround Time (Days)
Rabies (in humans) CARPHA: to be contacted for discussion if necessary
(Sent to CARPHA's Reference Laboratory)
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Rotavirus - Performed for countries without testing capability in outbreak situations. - Please contact CARPHA for discussion Stool Antigen ELISA |PCR 7
Salmonellosis - Performed at CARPHA for countries without testing capability
- Isolates to be submitted for further characterization
Isolate in maintenance media Phage Typing of S. Enteritidis|Serotyping 7 - 14
Shigellosis - Performed at CARPHA for countries without testing capability
- Isolates to be submitted for further characterization
Serotyping Serotyping 7
Syphilis Contact CARPHA - Testing to be decided based on the elimination algorithm Serum Latex agglutination -
Tuberculosis (Extra-pulmonary) Please contact CARPHA submission of specimens -
Tuberculosis (Pulmonary) - Performed at CARPHA for countries without testing capability
- Selected specimens sent to CARPHA's Reference Laboratory
Sputum Drug Sensitivity Testing (PCR)|Identification (PCR) 4
Typhoid and paratyphoid fever Performed at CARPHA for countries without testing capability 1-2 mL acute CSF|Isolate in maintenance media|Stool Identification|Serotyping 7
Viral Encephalitis/ Meningitis Performed at CARPHA for countries without testing capability 1-2 mL acute CSF|Nasopharyngeal swab in viral transport media|Stool (unpreserved) PCR (Enterovirus, HSV1 and HSV 2) 7
Viral Hepatitis A, E Performed at CARPHA for outbreak investigation Single serum IgM ELISA 7
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