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Enterovirus PCR

Health testing

Area

Health Science

Lab name

Clinical Virology Laboratory

Lab location

Wallaceville Science Centre, Upper Hutt

Test name

Enterovirus PCR

Organisms

Enterovirus (family: Picornaviridae; Genus: Enterovirus; Groups: Poliovirus types 1-3, Coxsackie A types 1-24, Coxsackie B types 1-6, Echovirus type 1-33, Enterovirus, types 68-71)

Requested for surveillance

yes

Notice required

yes

Sample requirements

Clinical specimens, mainly CSF, for PCR. It is preferable to collect faeces/rectal swabs, respiratory specimens, etc, from the same patient for viral culture

Media requirements

Viral transport media

Pre-transport requirements

5 ± 3°C within 24 hours

Transport requirements

5 ± 3°C within 24 hours

How results reported

Report will state PCR results for the specimen

Referral link

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