STANDARD PROTOCOL FOR EVALUATION OF MOLECULAR TEST ASSAYS FOR THE DETECTION OF PATHOGENS

(RECOMMENDED TO BE PERFORMED BY END-USER LABORATORIES PRIOR TO USE IN ROUTINE DIAGNOSTICS) version 12 October 2022 Accuracy, precision, sensitivity, and specificity are some examples of assay performance characteristics described by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) as properties of a test that is used to describe its quality. Accuracy is defined as the continue reading : STANDARD PROTOCOL FOR EVALUATION OF MOLECULAR TEST ASSAYS FOR THE DETECTION OF PATHOGENS

Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Suspected Monkeypox Specimens

Cases of Monkeypox have been recently detected in countries that are not endemic for its actiologic agent – the Monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is an enveloped double-stranded DNA virus (Orthopoxvirus genus of the Poxviridae family). Monkeypox virus belongs to the genus that includes variola virus/smallpox vaccinia virus, and cowpox virus. Monkeypox virus is a Risk continue reading : Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Suspected Monkeypox Specimens

Preventing hazardous skin exposures in the workplace
through a comprehensive skin health program

Occupational Dermatoses (OD) is the top occupational disease especially among the marginalized workers. There is a paucity of formal data on the prevalence of OD locally except for specific occupations. Workers in the major industries in the Philippines such as manufacturing, construction, and agriculture are predominantly exposed to health hazards and are oftentimes neglected. The aim of continue reading : Preventing hazardous skin exposures in the workplace
through a comprehensive skin health program

Boosting Malaria Vector Control by Addressing Insecticide Resistance

Insecticide resistance amongst malaria vectors may render vector control interventions ineffective if not properly addressed. This may lead to increased malaria cases in provinces with ongoing transmission and may render provinces under in elimination phase and those earlier declared malaria-free at risk of reintroduction and/or re-establishment. Since several provinces continue to report imported cases from continue reading : Boosting Malaria Vector Control by Addressing Insecticide Resistance

PROCEDURE FOR DMPC TREATMENT OF GLASSWARE AND PLASTICWARE

Techniques and experiments in molecular biology employed in the study of infectious diseases greatly rely on information obtained by studying the genetic material from pathogens or of infected individuals. It is important that the laboratory work areas are clean and free from nucleases that can degrade DNA or RNA. Aside from work areas, commonly used continue reading : PROCEDURE FOR DMPC TREATMENT OF GLASSWARE AND PLASTICWARE

ARSP 2021 Data Summary Report

To know more about the data on the current status and developing trends of antimicrobial resistance of aerobic bacteria of public health importance in the Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Program of the Philippines, the ARSP 2021 Annual Report Data Summary is now available for download. (link to be used : https://arsp.com.ph/publications/)

Nudging towards vaccination

‘Nudging’, defined as altering the environmental context in which a decision is made or a certain behavior is enacted, has shown promising results in several health promotion strategies. Read on to learn how the nudging technique can increase vaccine confidence. 

Revitalizing the IMCI Program

The Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) is a global strategy to reduce morbidity, mortality, disability and promote growth and development of infants and children under five years old.  The Philippines implemented IMCI in 1996. Read more to learn how the IMCI project can be improved.