The Delaware Public Health Lab performs influenza virus isolation, identification, molecular detection and subtyping. Influenza surveillance is performed as part of the CDC-World Health Organization Influenza surveillance effort. Each year sentinel physicians and other submitters from across the state are provided with specimen collection kits, submission forms, and specific instructions for patient selection and specimen collection, storage, and transport. Influenza viruses that are identified through this program are subtyped to determine the strain(s) of influenza that are circulating in the community. This information, along with a select number of isolates, is provided to CDC and the WHO to be compiled with surveillance data from laboratories around the world.
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