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Volume 18, Number 7—July 2012

Perspective

International Health Regulations—What Gets Measured Gets Done

Kashef IjazComments to Author , Eric Kasowski, Ray R. Arthur, Frederick J. Angulo, and Scott F. Dowell
Author affiliations: World Health Organization Collaborating Center for International Health Regulations Implementation of National Surveillance and Response Capacity, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; and; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

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Table 2

Core laboratory tests and indicator pathogens in the International Health Regulations

Core test Indicator pathogen Turnaround time from receipt in the laboratory
PCR Influenza virus* Within 24 h
Virus culture Poliovirus* Within 14 d
Serology HIV† Within 5 d
Microscopy Mycobacterium tuberculosis† Within 3 d
Rapid diagnostic test Plasmodium spp.† Within 2 h
Bacterial culture Salmonella enteritidis serotype Typhi‡ Within 3 d
Local priority test Local priority test§ Local priority test
Local priority test Local priority test§ Local priority test
Local priority test Local priority test§ Local priority test
Local priority test Local priority test§ Local priority test

*Selected from the International Health Regulations immediately notifiable list.
†Selected from WHO Top Ten Causes of Death in low-income countries (www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index.html).
‡Selected from WHO Global Foodborne Infections Network (9).
§Indicator pathogens selected by the country on the basis of major national public health concern.

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