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Volume 88, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

Abstract.

Inter- and intra-observer variation was examined among six microscopists who read 50 scrub typhus (ST) and murine typhus (MT) indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) immunoglobulin M (IgM) slides. Inter-observer agreement was moderate (κ = 0.45) for MT and fair (κ = 0.32) for ST, and was significantly correlated with experience ( = 0.03 and = 0.004, respectively); κ-scores for intra-observer agreement between morning and afternoon readings (range = 0.35–0.86) were not correlated between years of experience for ST and MT IFAs (Spearman's ρ = 0.31, = 0.54 and = 0.14, respectively; = 0.78). Storage at 4°C for 2 days showed a change from positive to negative in 20–32% of slides. Although the titers did not dramatically change after 14 days of storage, the final interpretation (positive to negative) did change in 36–50% of samples, and it, therefore, recommended that slides should be read as soon as possible after processing.

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  • Received : 20 May 2012
  • Accepted : 11 Sep 2012
  • Published online : 01 May 2013

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