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Viral PCR

Swabs: 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.

Faeces: Collect in the standard faeces container. Clearly mark the request form ‘for viral investigation’

Urine: Collect the sample in a plain container (without boric acid) and send to the laboratory immediately.

Vesicle fluid: Due to safety considerations the laboratory will not accept vesicle fluids in syringes.  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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