Problems with the use of a lateral flow assay in the serodiagnosis of brucellosis

Eales, Katie, Ketheesan, Natkunam, and Norton, Robert (2011) Problems with the use of a lateral flow assay in the serodiagnosis of brucellosis. Pathology, 43 (7). pp. 755-757.

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[Extract] Currently Brucella suis is the only causative agent of endemic brucellosis in Australia. The incidence of human brucellosis in Australia is 0.2 per 100 000. This equates to approximately 40–50 cases each year including occasional imported cases caused by Brucella melitensis. Of the cases reported, 80% occur in Queensland. The clinical manifestations of human brucellosis are protean and non-specific, posing a diagnostic challenge to clinicians. Delay in time to diagnosis and poor management of brucellosis may result in serious, sometimes life-threatening complications. Chronic brucellosis is not uncommon and can have an enormous impact on the patient's physical, mental and occupational health. A recent study in North Queensland has described the clinical and psychological impact of this disease.

Item ID: 20932
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1465-3931
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 05:00
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110801 Medical Bacteriology @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1107 Immunology > 110799 Immunology not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
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