Accession Number : ADA129949
Title : A Portable Kit for Rapid Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases under Field Conditions
Descriptive Note : Interim rept.
Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
Personal Author(s) : Sanborn, Warren R
Report Date : 14 Aug 1980
Pagination or Media Count : 35
Abstract : 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.
Descriptors : *DIAGNOSIS(MEDICINE) , *INFECTIOUS DISEASES , *KITS , PORTABLE EQUIPMENT , ANTIGENS , SALMONELLOSIS , CEREBROSPINAL MENINGITIS , AGGLUTINATION , CHOLERA , ELECTROPHORESIS , ANTIBODIES , IMMUNOLOGY
Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE