Meningitis: increase in the number of cases and identification of outbreaks set the alert on

Meningitis: increase in the number of cases and identification of outbreaks set the alert on

Meningitis: increase in the number of cases and identification of outbreaks set the alert on

Experts reinforce that vaccination is the greatest weapon against the disease, which can also be controlled with quick and accurate diagnoses

In the last few weeks, the city of São Paulo has identified outbreaks of meningitis while other Brazilian states have also been on alert for an increase in cases. Meningitis is a dangerous inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, mainly caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Bacterial meningitis tends to be more serious: it leads to a significant number of deaths per year; it can cause rapidly spreading epidemics and leave sequelae in infected people.

Vaccination is still the best way to prevent meningitis. At the same time, rapid and accurate diagnosis contributes to therapeutic success and outbreak control.

The issuance of accurate reports with the identification of the infectious agent includes routines with several stages of analysis. These routines require rigorous and periodic monitoring of the processes. To support these analyses, Controllab provides solutions for laboratory quality control.

Among the solutions, we highlight the reference strains, which include some etiologic agents that cause bacterial meningitis. These strains are essential for the quality control of the inputs used in clinical diagnostic tests. They are also of great importance for the validation studies of analytical methods.

The Proficiency Testing, also known as External Control, indicates the analytical accuracy of the laboratory. The tool is efficient for evaluating the technical quality and guaranteeing the reliability of the results.

Discover the Controllab programs that help in the reliability of analyzes associated with meningitis:

Routines

Analysis

Bacterial culture

Fungal culture

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Controllab has been accredited as a Certified Reference Material Producer (MRC) since 2016 by Inmetro’s General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE), under the PMR 0009 number. The assessment of this conformity is carried out according to the requirements established in ABNT NBR standards ISO 17034 and Inmetro, thus ensuring competence for the production of MRCs, according to the Scope of Accreditation.
Cgcre is signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).

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Accreditation Cgcre/Inmetro - Calibration Laboratory

In December 2002, the Calibration Laboratory was accredited by Inmetro’s General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE). With this recognition, it became an integral part of the Brazilian network of accredited laboratories, under nº214. Since then, it is periodically evaluated for the maintenance and/or extension of accreditation.

Cgcre is signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).

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Accreditation Cgcre/Inmetro - Proficiency Test Provider

In September 2011, Controllab was accredited by Inmetro’s General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE) as a proficiency test provider, under nº PEP0003. Initially as part of a pilot project by Inmetro, this accreditation was based on ILAC G13: 2007 and included several clinical and hemotherapy tests. In the periodic evaluations of this accreditation, new segments and tests are included and the evaluation is now conducted according to ABNT NBR ISO/IEC 17043.

This accreditation attests to Controllab’s technical competence to develop and conduct proficiency tests in accordance with international requirements and enables it to be recognized in other countries, in accordance with mutual recognition agreements signed by Brazil in Mercosur, the Americas and Europe.

Cgcre is signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).