The test includes inoculation of specific cell cultures for isolation of viral agents.
Monday-Saturday, 24 hours
Negative viral culture reports will be issued after 2 weeks. Negative viral culture reports for Cytomegalovirus will be issued after 3 weeks.
Use a lavender top Vacutainer® (EDTA) tube to collect blood specimens. Obtain a viral transport medium from the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory. Place the non-blood specimen directly into the viral transport medium. Avoid using WOODEN swabs for specimen collection.
Lavender top Vacutainer (EDTA) tube for blood, sterile sealed container, viral transport medium (available from Clinical Microbiology Laboratory)
AVOID using wooden swabs.
Blood, sputum, bronchial, nose or throat swabs, ocular swabs, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, biopsy, autopsy specimens, and stool. See table.
Improper storage or transport of specimen, gross specimen contamination, improper specimen collection, failure to use the viral transport medium, inappropriate Vacutainer® tube, wooden swab used for specimen collection.
1 mL fluid, 0.5 gram solid material
Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, refrigerate.
No virus isolated
LIMITATIONS OF TEST:
Tissue culture may be negative in the presence of a viral infection.