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DPDx - CDC Parasitology Diagnostic Website

Norman J. Pieniazek norman at giardia.pdb.cdc.gov
Thu Mar 19 09:14:26 EST 1998

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

     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>.

		Phuc Nguyen-Dinh
		Division of Parasitic Diseases
		Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
		Atlanta, GA 30341, USA
		Email:  ppn1 at cdc.gov
		Tel: 770-488-4435
		Fax: 770-488-4253

Norman J. Pieniazek			voice:	(770) 488-4073
Centers for Disease Control		fax:	(770) 488-4108
Mailstop F13				e-mail:	nxp3 at cdc.gov
4770 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30341-3724
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