Primus inter pares

The the brand new mobile epidemiology lab by Sechenov First MSMU

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To mitigate the outbreaks of new and recurring transmissible infectious and parasitic diseases the Research Institute of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine crew has scrutinized the concept of mobile parasitological laboratory.  
The design draft of bus-based laboratory to be manufactured at JSC Pavlovsk Bus Works is developed in cooperation with the specialists of Moscow Physical Technical Institute. The vehicle is meant to be equipped with modern molecular biological, entomological and parasitological, sanitary equipment, mainly of domestic production. The lab contains microscopist, molecular parasitology and entomology workstations. The design was patented at the end of 2015.  
In some situations, especially epidemic issues, the molecular parasitology solutions are sure to become critical solution in the operational detection of an outbreak etiology and immediate emergency management оf epidemic onset to prevent further spread of the disease.   
If stationary polymerase chain reaction (PCR) laboratories are not available in remote areas, the mobile PCR laboratory equipped with a standard set of proven outfit installed on regular commercial wheeled or tracked platforms can become quite appropriate cost-based solution.
This particular approach is capable of improving the efficiency of epidemiological surveillance of parasitic diseases and strengthen the capacity of authorities and Rospotrebnadzor and the Russian Ministry of Health institutions in the parasitic diseases control based on widespread application of up-to-date IT and telecom solutions, as well as innovative diagnostic systems. 

Evgeny Morozov
24.02.2016

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