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Viral PCR - Various sample types
Use red topped universal transport medium (UTM-RT MINI) available on request from the laboratory. DO NOT moisten the swab with transport medium before taking the sample.
Collect in the standard brown topped faeces container with spoon. Please mark the request form ‘for viral investigation’
Collect the sample in a plain container (without boric acid) and send to the laboratory immediately.
Due to safety considerations the laboratory will not accept vesicle fluids in syringes with the needle still attached.
If PCR or culture is required, the fluid may be collected in a fine gauge needle and expressed into viral transport medium.
NOTE: ALWAYS SEND A SPECIMEN FOR VIRUS ISOLATION TO THE LABORATORY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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