Innovative and New Approaches to Laboratory Diagnosis of Zika and Dengue: A Meeting Report
Peeling, Rosanna W.
Chu, May C.
Gubler, Duane J.
de Silva, Aravinda M.
Date of Issue2017
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Epidemics of dengue, Zika, and other arboviral diseases are increasing in frequency and severity. Current efforts to rapidly identify and manage these epidemics are limited by the short diagnostic window in acute infection, the extensive serologic cross-reactivity among flaviviruses, and the lack of point-of-care diagnostics to detect these viral species in primary care settings. The Partnership for Dengue Control organized a workshop to review the current landscape of Flavivirus diagnostics, identified current gaps, and developed strategies to accelerate the adoption of promising novel technologies into national programmes. The rate-limiting step to bringing new diagnostics tools to the market is access to reference materials and well-characterized clinical samples to facilitate performance evaluation. We suggest the creation of an international laboratory response consortium for flaviviruses with a de-centralized biobank of well-charachterized samples to facilitate assay validation. Access to proficiency panels are needed to ensure quality control, in additional to in-country capacity building.
Journal of Infectious Diseases
© 2017 The Author(s) (Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Infectious Diseases, The Author(s) (Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America). It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jix678].