International Circumpolar Surveillance Interlaboratory Quality Control Program for Serotyping Haemophilus influenzae and Serogrouping Neisseria meningitidis, 2005 to 2009

National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Journal of clinical microbiology (Impact Factor: 3.99). 12/2011; 50(3):651-6. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.05084-11
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The International Circumpolar Surveillance (ICS) program was initiated in 1999 to conduct population-based surveillance for
invasive pneumococcal disease in select regions of the Arctic. The program was expanded to include the surveillance of invasive
diseases caused by Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae. An interlaboratory quality control (QC) program to monitor laboratory proficiencies in the serogrouping of N. meningitidis and serotyping of H. influenzae strains was codeveloped by the Arctic Investigations Program (Anchorage, AK) and the Public Health Agency of Canada National
Microbiology Laboratory (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) and introduced into the ICS program in 2005. Other participating laboratories
included the Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), Laboratoire Santé Publique du Québec (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue,
Québec, Canada), and Statens Serum Institut (Copenhagen, Denmark). From 2005 through 2009, 50 isolates (24 N. meningitidis and 26 H. influenzae isolates) were distributed among the five participating laboratories. The overall serogroup concordance for N. meningitidis strains was 92.3% (96/104), without including three isolates that were found to express both serogroup Y and W135 specificities.
Concordant results were obtained for serogroups A, B, C, and Y among all laboratories. Discrepancies were observed most frequently
for serogroups W135, X, Z, and 29E. The overall serotype concordance for H. influenzae was 98% (125/127 attempts). The two discrepant results involved a serotype c strain and a serotype e strain, and in both
cases, the serotypeable H. influenzae isolates were misidentified as being nontypeable. These data demonstrate a high degree of concordance for serogroup and serotype
determinations of N. meningitidis and H. influenzae isolates, respectively, among the five laboratories participating in this quality control program.

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    • "Serotyping was done by both bacterial agglutination with commercial antisera and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) (10). Both laboratories participate in ongoing quality control testing (13). Epidemiological information was collected by a communicable disease officer in the participating regions using a standardized case report form that includes data such as demographic information, risk factors for disease, relevant immunization status, outcome, and clinical manifestations. "
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    • "Although earlier serotyping results suggested the presence of invasive Hia disease in the mid-1990s (and Hia in carriage studies from the early 1980s), subsequent molecular testing and re-serotyping resulted in reclassification of all of these isolates, mostly to nontypeable H. influenzae. This experience illustrates the importance of molecular methods in evaluation of epidemiologic patterns, inter-laboratory quality control (27), and the importance of close collaboration between laboratory and epidemiology groups. "
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