Emergencies preparedness, response

Multi-centre Collaborative Network: Laboratories testing for SARS

22 April 2003

The following members of the WHO network laboratories have agreed to test samples of suspected or probable SARS patients from countries who may not have the laboratory capacity (PCR technology and biosafety level 3). WHO encourages each country to designate a laboratory at national level for investigation and shipment of specimens from possible SARS patients. Guidelines on sample handling of suspected or probable SARS patients, can be found in WHO biosafety guidelines for handling of SARS specimens.

The following laboratories should be contacted BEFORE any shipment is made.

  • Bernhard Nocht Institut for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg
    Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 74
    Hamburg, D-20359
    (in collaboration with the Institutes for Virology, University Frankfurt and University Marburg)

    Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Schmitz
    Fax 49 40 42 818 400

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
    National Centers for Infectious Diseases
    1600 Clifton Road, Mailstop G16
    Bldg 7, Room 111
    Atlanta, Georgia 30333
    United States

    Contact person: Betty Robertson
    Fax: 1 404 639 3039

  • Erasmus Universiteit, National Influenza Centre
    Dr Molewaterplein 50, P. O. Box 1738
    3000 DR Rotterdam
    The Netherlands

    Contact person: Albert Osterhaus
    Fax: 31 10 408 9485

  • Institut Pasteur
    Head of Unit, Unité de Génétique Moléculaire des Virus Respiratoires
    National Influenza Center (Northern-France),
    25 rue du Docteur Roux
    Cedex 15 F-75724 Paris

    Contact Person: Sylvie van der Werf
    Fax: 33 1 40 61 32 41

  • National Institute of Infectious Diseases
    Department of Viral Diseases and Vaccine Control
    Gakuen 4-7-1
    JP-208 0011

    Contact Person: Masato Tashiro
    Fax: 81 42 565 2498

  • Public Health Laboratory Service
    Central Public Health Laboratory
    61 Colindale Avenue
    London NW9 5HT
    United Kingdom

    Contact Person: Maria Zambon
    Fax: 44 (20) 8200 1569