Pathology Handbook

Influenza virus detection

Clinical Indications

None

Test Includes

PCR test for antigens of Influenza A and B; Parainfluenza 1, 2 and 3; Adenovirus and Respiratory Syncitial Virus

Request Form 

Request via ICE

Availability

On request during routine working hours; reference laboratory test (Addenbrookes)

Specific Criteria

None

Turnaround Time

7-10 days

Specimen

Nose and throat 'Virocult' swabs

Container

Green 'Virocult' swabs

Viral swab

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Leaking sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory

Lab Handling

Send to reference laboratory   (Addenbrookes) as soon as possible. Store at 4°C overnight if necessary