Respiratory Virus Culture
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)
Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze. Send samples on ice pack to laboratory.
Reported as Positive or Negative
Positive report : 3 – 21 days For enterovirus – final report with enterovirus typing results : 2 – 6 weeks Negative report : 21 days
Monday – Saturday
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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