Real-time qPCR improves meningitis pathogen detection in invasive bacterial-vaccine preventable disease surveillance in Fiji
Eileen M Dunne, Silivia Mantanitobua, Shalini P Singh, Rita Reyburn, Evelyn Tuivaga, Eric Rafai, Lisi Tikoduadua, Barbara Porter, Catherine Satzke, Janet E Strachan, Kimberly K Fox, Kylie M Jenkins, Adam Jenney, Silo Baro, E Kim Mulholland, Mike Kama, Fiona M Russell
Scientific Reports | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016
The authors wish to thank the clinical and laboratory staff at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, especially Consultant Pathologist Dr Litia Tudravu, and the laboratory staff at Mataika House in Suva, Fiji. We thank the National Influenza Prevention Technical Working Group of Fiji for use of the PCR facility and Jason Hinds and Kate Gould from St. George's, University of London and BUGS Bioscience for assistance with microarray work. This study was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program and by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Government and Fiji Health Sector Support Program (FHSSP). FHSSP is implemented by Abt JTA on behalf of the Australian Government. Fiona Russell and Catherine Satzke are supported by fellowships from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.