External quality assessment in microbiology: Comparison of results from Belgian and Canadian laboratories with regard to their ability to identify Streptococcus pyogenes228

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (not verified)

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Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing (CMPT; Canada) and the Institute of Public Health (IPH; Belgium) set up a joint external quality assessment (EQA) project in which they sent identical simulated clinical samples to their respective participants. Samples were sent out as throat swabs containing Streptococcus pyogenes (as pathogen) and viridans streptococci (as commensal). Results from identification by the Belgian laboratories were excellent: 99.5% detected the group A streptococci. About 10% of the Canadian laboratories reported the absence of reportable +¦-haemolytic streptococci, …

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