Astrovirus RT-qPCR

Registry Details

Area Health Science
Lab name Enteric, Environmental and Food Virology Laboratory
Lab location Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua
Test name Astrovirus RT-qPCR
Organisms Astrovirus
Requested for surveillance yes
Notice required no
Culture requirements Faecal specimen from gastroenteritis outbreak or food/waterborne illness investigation. Vomit may be used but is not the preferred sample. Minimum 0.25 g or 0.25 mL.
Pre-transport requirements Store at 5 ± 3°C for up to 3 weeks, otherwise at -20°C or -70°C. EpiSurv outbreak number. Specimens with no Episurv number provided may be stored until received.
Transport requirements Standard biohazard packaging. Ship specimen at ambient temperature, same day or overnight.
Unacceptable sample types Specimens received without a form, with insufficient material to analyse, or in poorly labelled or leaking containers will not be tested. Insufficient specimen (< 0.25 g or < 0.25 mL) may be rejected.
How results reported Report will state result as either positive or negative for presence of astrovirus. For norovirus-negative outbreaks, two specimens per gastroenteritis outbreak are usually tested for astrovirus (and sapovirus).
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