List of available tests for meningococcal disease, what specimens to send, turnaround times.
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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