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Rotavirus genotyping

Enteric, Environmental and Food Virology Laboratory


Health Science

Lab name

Enteric, Environmental and Food Virology Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

Rotavirus genotyping



Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Sample requirements

Faecal specimen positive by rotavirus antigen test or by PCR/NAT. Minimum 0.25 g or 0.25 mL.

Pre-transport requirements

Store faecal specimen at 5 ± 3°C for up to 2 weeks, otherwise freeze at -20°C.

Transport requirements

Ambient temperature within 24 hours.

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 sample (< 0.25 g or < 0.25 mL) may be rejected.

How results reported

Presence or absence of rotavirus by RT-qPCR (for confirmation of rotavirus presence). Genotyping report will follow.

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