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The development and validation of dried blood spots for external quality assurance of syphilis serology

  • Pieter W Smit1, 2Email author,
  • Thomas van der Vlis1,
  • David Mabey2,
  • John Changalucha3,
  • Julius Mngara3,
  • Benjamin D Clark2, 3,
  • Aura Andreasen2, 4,
  • Jim Todd2, 3,
  • Mark Urassa3,
  • Basia Zaba2 and
  • Rosanna W Peeling2
BMC Infectious Diseases201313:102

Received: 6 August 2012

Accepted: 21 February 2013

Published: 26 February 2013

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Original Submission
6 Aug 2012 Submitted Original manuscript
2 Oct 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Paul Klatser
7 Jan 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Yu-Hsiang Hsieh
30 Jan 2013 Author responded Author comments - Pieter Smit
Resubmission - Version 2
30 Jan 2013 Submitted Manuscript version 2
21 Feb 2013 Editorially accepted
26 Feb 2013 Article published 10.1186/1471-2334-13-102

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Authors’ Affiliations

Leiden Cytology and Pathology Laboratory
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
National Institute for Medical Research, NIMR
Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit