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Relevance and Criticality in an External Quality Assessment for the Determination of Diphtheria Antitoxin

  title={Relevance and Criticality in an External Quality Assessment for the Determination of Diphtheria Antitoxin},
  author={Christina von Hunolstein and Andrea Gaggioli and Antoaneta Decheva and T. Genneou and George Mitis and Nicole Guiso and Edgar Badell and Anastasia Pangalis and Helen Alexandrou-Athanassoulis and Antonella Pinto and Ruta Paberza and Guy A.M. Berbers and Pieter van Gageldonk and Martin Steinbakk and Audun Aase and Aleksandra Anna Zasada and Maria Damian and Cristian Dragomirescu and Viera Lengyelova and Anna Belyov{\'a} and Verica Mio{\vc} and Metka Paragi and Karen Broughton and Androulla Efstratiou and Shona Neal and Paul Stickings and Laura Coombes and Dorothea Sesardic},
Accurate determination of diphtheria antitoxin is of value in determining the rates of immunity within broad populations or the immune status of individuals who may be at risk of infection, assessing responses to vaccination and immunization schedule efficacy. An External Quality Assessment (EQA) study for diphtheria serology was carried out within the European Diphtheria Surveillance Network (EDSN). Sixteen national laboratories from 15 European countries participated by testing a standard… 

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