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Laboratory of Virology

The Virology Department is responsible for:

1. Diagnosis and confirmation of viral diseases
2. Epidemiological surveillance
3. Conduct studies related to viral diseases
4. Coordination of external quality controls
5.  Provision of training and assistance to the students and trainees.


The section consists of four units:

1. HIV / AIDS unit;
2. Immunology Unit;
3. Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers unit and emerging viral diseases;
4. Molecular Biology Unit.

The unit of HIV / AIDS is responsible for:

1. Screening and confirmation of HIV infection
2. Analysis of samples as part of the sero-surveillance and epidemiological investigations
3. Coordination of biological surviellance of people living with HIV
4. Organization of external quality control for public health laboratories
5. Training and retraining of laboratory staff
6. Supervising students and trainees.

The unit Immunology is responsible for:

1. Serological analysis of viral and bacterial infections;
2. Immunological monitoring of people living with HIV in collaboration with the HIV / AIDS unit
3.  Organizing  of quality control
4. Training and  supervision.

The unit of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers and other viral diseases is responsible for:

1.  Perform screening and rapid confirmation of viral hemorrhagic fevers (fevers Crimean Congo, Rift Valley fever and yellow fever), measles and other viral diseases. Collect samples from all health facilities for rapid response;
2.  Coordinate delivery of samples for diagnosis and confirmation of viral diseases;
3. Set up a quality assurance program;
4. Training and supervision.



The Molecular Biology unit in collaboration with the different biology services is responsible for:

1. Diagnosis and monitoring of HIV patient; of viral hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever and other viral diseases; bacterial and parasitic diseases.
2. Molecular study of resistance to antiviral treatments, antibiotics and antimalarial drugs;
3. Training and supervision.

HIV / AIDS infection

1. HIV surveys among pregnant women, TB patients
2.Combined HIV Survey (behavioral and biological) in the following groups: sailors, fishermen, truck drivers, sex workers and prisoners.
3. Diagnosis and confirmation of HIV / AIDS infection
4. Biological surveillance of patients HIV.

Hepatitis B

1. Study the prevalence of hepatitis B infection in pregnant women and other groups.
2.Study of HBV and HDV infection

Measles and rubella:

1. Diagnosis and confirmation of rubella and measles
2. Epidemiological surveillance of measles


1. Influenza Diagnosis and surveillance

Viral hemorrhagic fevers:

1.Diagnosis and confirmation of viral hemorrhagic fevers (yellow fever, Crimean Congo, Rift Valley, Dengue);

2.Etiology of malaria, Lyme disease and hemorrhagic fevers.