For detection of dengue virus RNA in patient's blood during the viraemic phase of the disease (typically up to 5 days after onset of symptoms).
Blood: Collect at least 5 mL blood in an EDTA container. (Best collected within first 5 days of illness).
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) detecting all 4 dengue serotypes.
Detected, Not Detected or Inconclusive
1 - 4 days
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
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