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RESPIRATORY VIRUS ISOLATION

Synonym(s):

​Respiratory Virus Culture

Lab Section Category

Description

Indications

Specimen Required

​Nasopharyngeal aspirate, bronchoalveolar lavage

Throat swab, sputum, endotracheal tube aspirate

Biopsy/autopsy lung tissue

Send samples in Virus Transport Medium.
(See also Virology Section, General Guidelines for Virus Isolation & Collection Methods for Virus Isolation by Sample Type)

Storage and Transport

​Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze.

Send samples on ice pack to laboratory.

Method

​Tissue culture

Test Results

​Reported as Positive or Negative

Reference Interval / Value

Turnaround Time

​Positive report : 3 – 21 days

For enterovirus – final report with enterovirus typing results : 2 – 6 weeks

Negative report : 21 days

Day(s) Test Set up

​Monday – Saturday

Remarks

​Viruses to be expected: Influenza A and B, respiratory syncytial virus (especially in infants and young children), parainfluenza virus, rhinovirus, adenovirus, human metapneumovirus, cytomegalovirus, enterovirus, varicella-zoster virus.

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