From the Document: "Laboratory diagnosis plays an important role in disease and outbreak management. Fast and accurate laboratory diagnosis of a specific viral infection of interest contributes to prompt public health surveillance, prevention, and control measures. With wide accessibility and availability of an accurate laboratory diagnosis for early detection, local transmission and clusters can be prevented or at least delayed by isolating the laboratory-confirmed cases in a healthcare facility, and to have their close contacts quarantined and monitored at home. Furthermore, this facilitates the implementation of specific public health intervention such as the closure of specific high-risk facilities and areas associated with the laboratory-confirmed cases for prompt infection control and environmental decontamination."
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