Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Collecting, preserving and shipping specimens for the diagnosis of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection.
Guide for field operations

October 2006

WHO/CDS/EPR/ARO/2006.1


This document is a work in progress and is based on the best information available at the time of production. The document will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.


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Contents

Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Safety
3. Taking specimens from patients and contacts
4. Storing specimens
5. Taking aliquots of specimens
6. Packing specimens and shipping them by air
7. References
Annex 1 - Links to key documents
Annex 2 - Checklist for specimen handling and shipment
Annex 3 - Form to accompany specimens shipped by air
Annex 4 - Content of the AI investigation kit
Annex 5 - Hand hygiene technique
Annex 6 - Respiratory protection
Annex 7 - Disinfection
Annex 8 - Viral transport medium (VTM)
Annex 9 - Field data sheets
Annex 10 - Guidance on regulations for the Transport of Infectious Substances
Annex 11 - Dry shippers
Annex 12 - Samples from animals and the environment

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