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Asia Fungal Working Group publishes mycology lab survey results

December 08 2017

The Asia Fungal Working Group (AWFG, an ISHAM working group) have been conducting an online survey of management practices and tests offered by mycology labs across Asia. Dr Chindamporn and colleagues recently published the results to date as a gap analysis in the journal Medical Mycology. Responses were received from 241 mycology labs in 7 countries (China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand).

 

Overall management of the lab (% of responding labs):

  • Operates as a separate designated mycology lab (54%)
  • Conducts regular formal staff training (43%)
  • Participates in external quality assessment schemes (EQAS) programs (56%)

 

Tests offered (% of responding labs):

  • Identification by DNA sequencing (17%)
  • MALDI-TOF MS (12%)
  • Susceptibility testing (59%)
  • Serology for fungal diagnosis (32%)
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring for azoles (8%)

 

These results highlight the need for investment in facilities, in particular molecular testing and biosafety hoods. The AFWG is taking action to start EQAS programmes for mycology laboratories in each country. Read the full paper here: Chindamporn et al (2017) Survey of laboratory practices for diagnosis of fungal infection in seven Asian countries: An Asia Fungal Working Group (AFWG) initiative. Medical Mycology, 0, 1–10.

The survey forms part of the AFWG’s ongoing research and is open for mycology lab managers to submit responses electronically (includes other Asian countries and Australia/New Zealand). There is a separate AFWG survey about fungal infection management for clinicians based in Asia.