Establishing an enteric bacteria reference laboratory in Sierra Leone

Marie Anne Chattaway, Abdul Kamara, Fay Rhodes, Konneh Kaffeta, Amara Jambai, Wondimagegnehu Alemu, Mohammed Sirajul Islam, Molly M. Freeman, William Welfare, Doris Harding, Ahmed F. Samba, Musu Abu, Sylvester Kamanda, Kathie Grant, Claire Jenkins, Satheesh Nair, Steve Connell, Lisa Siorvanes, Sarika Desai, Collette AllenMargaret Frost, Daniel Hughes, Zonya Jeffrey, Noel Gill, Mark Salter

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In 2012, Sierra Leone experienced its worst cholera outbreak in over 15 years affecting 12 of the country's 13 districts. With limited diagnostic capability, particularly in bacterial culture, the cholera outbreak was initially confirmed by microbiological testing of clinical specimens outside of Sierra Leone. During 2012 - 2013, in direct response to the lack of diagnostic microbiology facilities, and to assist in investigating and monitoring the cholera outbreak, diagnostic and reference services were established in Sierra Leone at the Central Public Health Reference Laboratory focusing specifically on isolating and identifying Vibrio cholerae and other enteric bacterial pathogens. Sierra Leone is now capable of confirming cholera cases by reference laboratory testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)933-941
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Infection in Developing Countries
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • Cholera
  • Enteric disease
  • Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Sierra Leone


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