Enterovirus Culture, Coxsackie Virus Culture, Echovirus Culture, EV71 Isolation, Coxsackie Virus Isolation, Poliovirus Culture, Poliovirus Isolation
1 – 2 mL CSF in sterile bottle for neurological diseases Stool for all clinical presentations. Two stool samples collected 24 - 48 hours apart must be sent from all patients aged 15 years and below with a diagnosis of AFP (acute flaccid paralysis) for poliomyelitis surveillance. Throat swab/nasopharyngeal aspirate within the first 3 – 4 days of onset for all clinical presentations Throat swab, nasopharyngeal aspirate or bronchoalveolar lavage for respiratory infections Pericardial fluid for pericarditis Vesicular fluid for vesicular eruptions Send samples (except CSF, stool, pericardial fluid & vesicular fluid) in Virus Transport Medium.(See also Virology Section, General Guidelines for Virus Isolation & Collection Methods for Virus Isolation by Sample Type)
Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze. Send samples on ice pack to laboratory.
Reported as Positive or Negative
Positive preliminary report : 3 days – 3 weeks Final report with enterovirus typing results : 2 - 6 weeks Negative report : 3 weeks
Monday – Saturday