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NOROVIRUS PCR (QUALITATIVE) - Test discontinued w.e.f. 29 December 2021




​For detection of Norovirus RNA (genogroups I and II) during acute infection for diagnosis and during recovery phase to monitor shedding for infection control purposes where applicable (typically 7-14 days of shedding in an immunocompetent adult).

Specimen Required

​(a) Stool (preferred sample): Collect a pea-sized amount and send to the laboratory in a sterile leak-proof screw-capped container without any media.

(b) Rectal swab (accepted only if no stool is available): Use Dacron-tipped swabs. Place the swab into swab sheath or sterile container without any media.

Storage and Transport

​Refrigerate sample until transfer to laboratory. Do not freeze. Send sample at 2 - 8°C (with an ice-pack). Sample must reach laboratory within 24 hours after collection.


​Reverse-transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (in-house real-time) for genogroups I and II

Test Results

​Detected, Not Detected or Inconclusive

Reference Interval / Value

Turnaround Time

​1 -5 days

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