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National Reference Laboratory for Pertussis and Diphtheria

The laboratory is accredited to ČSN EN ISO 15189 as a public health laboratory by the Czech Accreditation Institute.    

Head: Jana Zavadilová, M.Sc.

  • verifies the identification of strains of B. pertussis, B. parapertussis, and Corynebacterium referred to the NRL by microbiology laboratories;
  • screens C. diphtheriae and C. ulcerans strains for toxigenicity;
  • keeps records and maintains the collection of strains of B. pertussis, B. parapertussis, and Corynebacterium for further analysis;
  • performs RT PCR detection of B. pertussis and B. parapertussis from clinical specimens;
  • screens patient sera for antibodies against B. pertussis, B. parapertussis, and diphtheria antitoxin antibodies;
  • collects specimens for culture and PCR (Recommended procedures);
  • provides expert opinions and reviews;
  • provides consulting;
  • provides methodological guidance to microbiology laboratories in the Czech Republic;
  • tests the performance of commercially available diagnostic products;
  • conducts the surveillance of diphtheria and whooping cough in cooperation with the NIPH Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology (Surveillance);
  • has been involved in both national and international projects (Projects and International cooperation)
  • cooperates with the National Reference Centre for Whooping Cough and Other Bordetelloses of the Institut Pasteur (International cooperation);
  •  participates in the international external quality assessment schemes for the laboratory diagnosis of diphtheria and whooping cough.

Updated on 30 September 2015