Third intercountry hands-on training on JE lab diagnosis, 24-27 October 2011
Four days of the 3rd hands-on training workshop on the laboratory diagnosis of Japanese encephalitis was held in Korea Centers for Disease Control (Korea CDC) Rotavirus Regional Reference Laboratory (RRL) in Osong, Chungcheongbuk-do, Republic of Korea. Fourteen participants selected from nine network laboratories from eight member states of WPR (Cambodia, China, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam) were trained for JE ELISA techniques and quality assurance. Two provincial laboratories (Sichuan and Guangdong) also participated. Experts from US CDC and the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Japan as well as from WHO participated in this training as facilitators. The 3rd WHO JE proficiency panel samples prepared by US CDC were distributed to network laboratories for the external quality assurance and the results should be reported within two weeks.
The 3rd informal meeting of three JE laboratories in the region, China Japan and Korea, was held om 28 October and discussed the future roles and plans of three laboratories to further strengthen the JE laboratory network.