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Respiratory virus culture

Clinical Virology Laboratory

Testing will be performed only by request from a clinical microbiologist/virologist or infectious diseases consultant. Request form must include relevant clinical details and state the clinician who has approved the test.



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Lab name

Clinical Virology Laboratory

Lab location

Wallaceville Science Centre, Upper Hutt

Test name

Respiratory virus culture


Influenza A & B virus (family: Orthomyxoviridae; Genus: influenza A & B) SARS-CoV-2 (Family: Coronaviridae, Genus: Coronavirus)

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


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 respiratory viral culture result for the specimen. There is a charge for the test.

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