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Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine / Available online 11 January 2016 / In Press, Accepted Manuscript / Open Access / Case Report

Sharing experiences from a reference laboratory in the public health response for Ebola viral disease, MERS-CoV and H7N9 influenza virus investigations  [      ]

T.S. Saraswathy Subramaniam (Senior Research Officer), Ravindran Thayan, Mohd Apandi Yusof, Jeyanthi Suppiah, Tg Abd Rashid Tengku Rogayah, Zarina Mohd Zawawi, Nor Aziyah Mat Rahim, Fauziah Kassim, Rozainanee Mohd Zain, Zainah Saat

Virology Unit, Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur 50558, Malaysia

Received 15 November 2015, Revised 20 December 2015, Accepted 30 December 2015, Available online 11 January 2016 / doi:10.1016/j.apjtm.2016.01.016



An efficient public health preparedness and response plan for infectious disease management is important in recent times when emerging and exotic diseases that hitherto were not common have surfaced in countries with potential to spread outside borders. Stewardship from a reference laboratory is important to take the lead for the laboratory network, to proactively set up disease surveillance, provide referral diagnostic services, on-going training and mentorship and to ensure coordination of an effective laboratory response. In Malaysia, the Institute for Medical Research has provided the stewardship for the Ministry of Health’s laboratory network that comprises of hospital pathology, public health and university laboratories. In this paper we share our experiences in recent infectious disease outbreak investigations as a reference laboratory within the Ministry of Health infectious disease surveillance network.

Keywords: Reference laboratory; Public health; Emerging diseases; Influenza A; MERS-CoV

Keywords: Research; Abstracts; Ebola; H7N9; Avian Influenza; MERS-CoV; Public Health; Malaysia.


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I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum ( in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.