Present address: Laboratory of Virology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health, Hamilton, Montana, USA.
Flexibility of Mobile Laboratory Unit in Support of Patient Management During the 2007 Ebola-Zaire Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Article first published online: 7 SEP 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zoonoses and Public Health
Special Issue: Proceedings of the International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses, 24–27 February 2011, Cancun,Mexico
Volume 59, Issue Supplement s2, pages 151–157, September 2012
How to Cite
Grolla, A., Jones, S., Kobinger, G., Sprecher, A., Girard, G., Yao, M., Roth, C., Artsob, H., Feldmann, H. and Strong, J. E. (2012), Flexibility of Mobile Laboratory Unit in Support of Patient Management During the 2007 Ebola-Zaire Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zoonoses and Public Health, 59: 151–157. doi: 10.1111/j.1863-2378.2012.01477.x
- Issue published online: 7 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 7 SEP 2012
- Received for publication January 23, 2012
- Ebola virus;
- mobile laboratory;
- outbreak response;
The mobile laboratory provides a safe, rapid and flexible platform to provide effective diagnosis of Ebola virus as well as additional differential diagnostic agents in remote settings of equatorial Africa. During the 2007 Democratic Republic of Congo outbreak of Ebola-Zaire, the mobile laboratory was set up in two different locations by two separate teams within a day of equipment arriving in each location. The first location was in Mweka where our laboratory took over the diagnostic laboratory space of the local hospital, whereas the second location, approximately 50 km south near Kampungu at the epicentre of the outbreak, required local labour to fabricate a tent structure as a suitable pre-existing structure was not available. In both settings, the laboratory was able to quickly set up, providing accurate and efficient molecular diagnostics (within 3 h of receiving samples) for 67 individuals, including four cases of Ebola, seven cases of Shigella and 13 cases of malaria. This rapid turn-around time provides an important role in the support of patient management and epidemiological surveillance.