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DPDx - CDC Parasitology Diagnostic Website

ame reptile at imap1.asu.edu
Fri Apr 3 20:24:53 EST 1998

Dr. Peter W. Pappas wrote:

> This is a wonderful resource (and web site).
> On 19 Mar 1998 14:14:26 GMT, norman at giardia.pdb.cdc.gov (Norman J.
> Pieniazek) wrote:
> >DPDx - CDC Parasitology Diagnostic Website
> >
> >     CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases has established
> >on the Internet a website for diagnosis of parasitic
> >diseases.  The website, named "DPDx", is at  <www.ncid.cdc.gov/dpdx>
> >and offers two complementary functions:
> >
> >     A "Reference and Training" function, in which all users
> >can browse through concise reviews of parasites and parasitic
> >diseases; this also includes an image library and a review of
> >recommended procedures for collecting, shipping, processing, and
> >examining biologic specimens; all material is free of copyright and
> >users are welcome to store and copy material as they wish.
> >
> >     A "Diagnostic Assistance" function, in which registered
> >users (mostly laboratorians and other health professionals)
> >desiring assistance in parasite identification can ask
> >questions, request information, and send digital images of specimens for
> >expedited review and consultation by DPD staff; this assistance is free
> >of charge.
> >
> >     The website aims at using the Internet to strengthen
> >the diagnosis of parasitic diseases.  The Internet is well
> >suited for that purpose because of its inherent qualities (imaging
> >capabilities; global, rapid, interactive exchanges; flexibility of
> >content).  Interested parasitologists and other health professionals are
> >invited to participate in the DPDx network.  They can either contribute
> >their material/experience to build up DPDx, or use the DPDx services, or
> >both.
> >
> >     How to contact DPDx:  Messages can be sent by clicking
> >on the "Contact Us" buttons found on most pages of the
> >DPDx website: a pre-addressed email frame will automatically appear, use
> >it to send an email to DPDx.  Alternatively, send an email
> >to: <dpdx at cdc.gov> or to the DPDx contact person at <ppn1 at cdc.gov>.

    The CDC's parasite website is an excellent resource tool for both
physicians and microbiology students.  Thank you for making it available.
Arlynne Eisner
Arizona State University

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