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The Meningococcal Reference Unit (MRU) provides:
clinical advice for case and outbreak investigation and management
meningococcal isolate confirmation and characterisation
meningococcal DNA detection by PCR for non-culture case confirmation
molecular characterisation of meningococcal isolates and non-culture (DNA positive only) material
technical laboratory advice and support for large scale investigations
meningococcal vaccine evaluation
determination of response to meningococcal vaccination
collection of over 50,000 phenotypically characterised meningococcal isolates
computerised database of laboratory confirmed cases
collection of sera from laboratory proven cases of meningococcal disease
support for collaborative scientific projects and audits