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Meningococcal reference unit (MRU) Manchester 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 >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