SARS Coronavirus Culture, SARS Culture
Nasopharyngeal aspirate, endotracheal aspirate or bronchoalveolar lavage preferable. Sputum, throat swab Biopsy/autopsy lung, brain, heart 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 : 2 – 21 days Negative report : 21 days
Monday – Saturday