A Portable Kit for Rapid Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases under Field Conditions
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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A portable kit has been developed for identifying infectious disease agents under field conditions, i.e., without laboratory facilities. The basic techniques employed are counterimmunoelectrophoresis, coagglutination, and diagnostic microscopy, including differential stains. This portable kit has been evaluated in various field and laboratory circumstances in tropical and temperate areas for rapid diagnosis of cerebrospinal meningitis, salmonellosis, and cholera. The carrying case, working components, and diagnostic reagents have withstood aircraft transport, baggage handling, international mailing, international air freight shipment, and rough road transport by Land Rover. It has performed at ambient temperatures ranging from 15 C to 43 C. By simply substituting other appropriate antisera, antigens, and reagents, this system is adaptable to diagnostic identification of numerous other infectious disease agents.
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