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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) PCR

Health testing


Health Science

Lab name

Clinical Virology Laboratory

Lab location

Wallaceville Science Centre, Upper Hutt

Test name

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) PCR


SARS-CoV (Family: Coronaviridae; Genus: Coronavirus)

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Sample requirements

Clinical specimens: nasopharyneal swabs/aspirates, throat/nasal swabs or washes, tracheal secretions, etc. (Please provide as much detailed clinical information as possible).

Specimen requirements

Respiratory specimens such as nasopharyngeal aspirate, throat/nasal swab, bronchial wash, autopsy/biopsy etc.


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.

Media requirements

Viral transport medium

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