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Rapid Respiratory Virus Culture
Collect: M4 Transport Media/Swab, Sterile Container/Tube, Viral Transport Media, Swab Viral Transport , Nasal Swab
1. Source of specimen is required, please include on requisition.
2. Specimens should be collected early in the acute phase of infection. The chance of virus recovery is best during the first 3 days after onset and is greatly reduced beyond 5 days with many viruses.
4. Unacceptable specimens: Throat swabs on patients less than 2 years of age; formalin or other fixatives; any specimen nucleic acid transport system; nonrespiratory sites; whole blood, serum or plasma; dry swab; samples received ambient or frozen at -20 degrees C; samples received in transports designed for specific test kits(i.e., DNA Probes, PCR, Digene, etc.)
5. Specimens received more than 72 hours from time of draw must be frozen at -70C (not -20C) or on dry ice.
Do not freeze specimen at -20 C. Virus loses infectivity.
Storage/Transport Temperature: Refrigerated
Stability: Refrigerated 4 days; Frozen : 1 month
NOTE: * This test is approved for all states. *
Quest Diagnostics Nichols INST
|CPT Code(s):||87140x7, 87254|
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