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Wildlife Health Diagnostic Database (LIMS)


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The LIMS (laboratory information management system) database is a computerized record of specimens - from serum samples to carcasses - sent to the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) for processing and diagnostic workup. Data include history and recordkeeping information (identifier numbers, species, sex, submitter information, etc); types of tests run (virology, bacteriology, parasitology, chemistry, etc.) and some test results for heavy metals, particularly lead; and diagnostic results. The diagnostic coding system is based on SNOMED terminology, with certain modifications and additions to fit Center needs. SNOMED, the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine, is a structured nomenclature and classification of the terminology used [...]


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Jennifer Buckner
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Jennifer Buckner
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Jennifer Buckner
Originator :
U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center

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LIMS is a process-based record of samples sent to NWHC, and includes documentation on how samples and data move through the Center, as well as results information sent back to the submitter and other contacts. It may not be a representative sample of mortality for any particular species or group; however, the database can be used to determine if a disease/syndrome existed. For example, the database can be used to document avian cholera in mallards in California at a particular location or time, but it cannot be used to say that there was more cholera in 1990 than in 1980, since the number of specimens submitted for diagnostic workup does not necessarily reflect the total number of mortalities. Individuals interested in documenting total mortalities should reference the Epizootiological Database (EPIZOO), also maintained at NWHC.

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