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Laboratory evaluation of a rapid diagnostic test for Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A.

Abstract : BACKGROUND: Epidemics of meningococcal meningitis occur periodically in the African 'meningitis belt' and are mainly, but not only, due to serogroup A. METHODS: We tested a dipstick as a rapid detection test (RDT) to detect serogroup A using 401 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples. RESULTS: The detection limits were 10(5) CFU/ml with sensitivity and specificity for detecting serogroup A in CSF samples of 88% and 99%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The new RDT can be used in field surveillance of meningococcal meningitis to help characterize meningitis cases particularly after introduction of the conjugate vaccine against serogroup A.
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Aude Terrade, Jean-Marc Collard, Farida Nato, Muhamed-Kheir Taha. Laboratory evaluation of a rapid diagnostic test for Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A.. Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2013, 107 (7), pp.460-461. ⟨10.1093/trstmh/trt041⟩. ⟨pasteur-02088923⟩

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