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Zika virus real-time RT-PCR

Health testing


Health Science

Lab name

Clinical Virology Laboratory

Lab location

Wallaceville Science Centre, Upper Hutt

Test name

Zika virus real-time RT-PCR


Zika virus (Family: Flaviviridae; Genus: Flavivirus)

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Specimen requirements

Serum (~1 mL) collected within 7 days of illness onset

Urine (~50 mL) collected within 15 days of illness onset

Pre-transport requirements

5 ± 3°C for less than 24 hours

Transport requirements

5 ± 3°C for less than 24 hours

How results reported

Zika virus detected or not detected

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