Virus culture in cardiac diseases
Stool for enteroviruses Throat swab, nasopharyngeal aspirate during the first 3 – 4 days of onset Pericardial fluid for pericarditis Send samples (except stool & pericardial 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. Transport samples on ice pack to laboratory.
Reported as Positive or Negative
Positive report - Influenza : 2 - 10 days - Enteroviruses : 3 days - 3 weeks (preliminary) Enteroviruses: Final report with typing results: 2 - 6 weeks Negative report : 10 days for influenza virus, 21 days for enterovirus
Monday – Saturday
Viruses to be expected : Enterovirus, influenza virus