Diagnostic Preparedness in Europe for Detection of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Viruses   [open pdf - 204KB]

"In China, a novel avian-origin reassortant influenza A(H7N9) virus has been detected in a number of human cases. In response to the potential cross-border health threat associated with emerging disease caused by the appearance of the novel virus, European laboratories need to be aware of the novel virus and adapt and confirm their diagnostic capability to detect and identify it. This document is a joint CNRL/ECDC/WHO [Community Network of Reference Laboratories for Human Influenza in Europe/European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control/World Health Organization] Europe technical briefing note for virology laboratories. It is designed to assist clinical and public health laboratory directors in appraising options for establishing novel diagnostic assays for screening and confirming cases of infection in humans. This document is intended for use in the area of human influenza surveillance, investigation, risk assessment, and control, encouraging cooperation between expert and reference laboratories in order to 'foster the development of sufficient capacity within the Community for the diagnosis, detection, identification and characterisation of infectious agents which may threaten public health'."

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