Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Magee
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This audit examines the ability of English and Welsh laboratories to diagnose Mycobacterium bovis infection. All 164 clinical laboratories submitting samples to the PHLS Mycobacterium Reference Unit and Regional Centres for Mycobacteriology were surveyed. Twenty per cent of responding centres did not use a pyruvate-containing medium or incubate for the minimum recommended period of 8 weeks. This study demonstrates the potential for the underdiagnosis of M. bovis infection in England and Wales. Possible reasons for underdiagnosis are discussed together with strategies to optimize recovery of M. bovis.
Author(s): Drobniewski F, Strutt M, Smith G, Magee J, Flanagan P
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Epidemiology and Infection
ISSN (print): 0950-2688
ISSN (electronic): 1469-4409
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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