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Rare and imported pathogens laboratory (RIPL)

RIPL specialises in the diagnosis and management of unusual or hazardous infectious diseases present in the UK or imported into the country.

RIPL provides medical and laboratory specialist services to the NHS and other healthcare providers and can also:

  • accept requests from internationally accredited health service providers
  • handle forensic samples
  • test samples for a range of pathogens from potentially contaminated sites including anthrax from construction sites; for information about environmental testing, contact RIPL

RIPL doesn’t provide services directly to patients.

The National leptospirosis service (NLS) offers a coordinated approach to patient centred diagnostics across 2 sites:

The single port of entry for testing and clinical information will be at RIPL.


Rare and imported pathogens laboratory (RIPL)

Public Health England
Manor Farm Road
Porton Down

Services and guidance

RIPL is a specialist centre for advice and diagnosis for a wide range of unusual viral and bacterial infections including:

  • imported fevers, including viral haemorrhagic fevers like Ebola and Congo Crimean haemorrhagic fever
  • arthropod-borne diseases caused by viruses like Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile and hantaviruses
  • bacterial diseases including rickettsial infections, leptospirosis, Q fever, anthrax, tularemia
  • Lyme borreliosis and related tick-borne infections
  1. Imported fever service (IFS)

    • Detailed guide
  2. Lyme borreliosis service

    • Detailed guide
  3. Anthrax: assessing risk of anthrax on building land

    • Guidance
  4. Q fever infections in humans: sources, transmission, treatment

    • Detailed guide