External quality assurance scheme for Bordetella identification and B. pertussis typing 2013

Technical report External quality assessment
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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. EQA scheme for Bordetella identification and B.pertussis typing. Stockholm: ECDC; 2014

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This report presents the results of the first external quality assurance (EQA) scheme for Bordetella identification and typing funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The EQA study was conducted between February and May 2013 and sixteen laboratories from EU/EEA countries participated.
 
The EQA was divided into three sections: identification, serotyping of B. pertussis and genotyping of B. pertussis. All laboratories correctly identified the four Bordetella pertussis isolates, although there was significant variation in the methods used. One of the conclusions of the report is that an update of the recommendations on standard methods for epidemiological typing of B. pertussis isolates is required.

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