Emergencies preparedness, response

Collecting, preserving and shipping specimens for the diagnosis of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection.
Guide for field operations

October 2006


This document is a work in progress and is based on the best information available at the time of production. The document will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

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1. Introduction
2. Safety
3. Taking specimens from patients and contacts
4. Storing specimens
5. Taking aliquots of specimens
6. Packing specimens and shipping them by air
7. References
Annex 1 - Links to key documents
Annex 2 - Checklist for specimen handling and shipment
Annex 3 - Form to accompany specimens shipped by air
Annex 4 - Content of the AI investigation kit
Annex 5 - Hand hygiene technique
Annex 6 - Respiratory protection
Annex 7 - Disinfection
Annex 8 - Viral transport medium (VTM)
Annex 9 - Field data sheets
Annex 10 - Guidance on regulations for the Transport of Infectious Substances
Annex 11 - Dry shippers
Annex 12 - Samples from animals and the environment