Norovirus PCR Print

WSLH Department: CDD - Communicable Disease Division
WSLH Test Code: VR01717
Availability: Monday - Friday
Turn-around Time: 1-4 days
Recommended Uses: Only available at WSLH request or DHS request.

Norovirus surveillance and outbreak investigations at DHS request.
Additional Tests Performed:
Patient Preparations: Stool specimens should be collected within 72 hours of symptom onset.
Specimen Requirements: Stool, Cary Blair
Specimen Handling & Transport: Store specimens at 2-8C and transport with cool pack.
Collection Kit/Container: Stool Culture (Enteric Pathogen Culture)
Collection Instructions:
Unacceptable Conditions: Stools in formalin
Requisition Form: CDD Requisition Form A
Required Information: Laboratory regulations require the following minimum information to be provided on the requisition form for a specimen to be accepted for testing: Patient name or unique identifier; date and time of collection, patient date of birth and sex, specimen type/site of collection, test request(s), clinician name and UPIN, and address for reporting results. Please be certain that name/identifier on the form matches that on the specimen label.
Results Include: Norovirus RNA detected/not detected
Limitations: Noroviruses may be detected in the stools of asymptomatic individuals. Some Norovirus types may not be detected with primers currently in use. Available patient information should be considered when interpreting test results. A negative result does not rule out infection with Norovirus. This PCR-based test should be considered an investigational tool and is not FDA cleared.
Additional Tests Recommended: Bacterial and other testing for causes of gastroenteritis may be appropriate based on incubation period, symptoms and other factors.
Additional Comments: Container: Sterile screw-capped container; Kit #10 or equivalent for transport. DPH approval is required for diagnostic norovirus testing.
Methodology: Real-time PCR
Includes: RT-PCR assay for the detection of Norovirus genotype I and II RNA in stool specimens
CPT Code: 87798x2. Please call 800-862-1013 for info.
Price: $209.00
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