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Test Directory -  Influenza virus detection

Test Includes

PCR detection of respiratory viruses including Influenza A and B; Parainfluenza 1, 2 and 3; Adenovirus and Respiratory Syncitial Virus

Request Form

Microbiology form (Green)


Analysed by reference laboratory if specific criteria met

Specific Criteria


Turnaround Time

7-10 days
Samples will be sent to a Reference Laboratory for testing


Nose and throat swabs both placed into one viral transport medium or       NPAs (Naso-phayngeal aspirates) placed in White Capped Universal 


Special viral culture swabs are available from the Virology Department   (0845 155 3111 ext. 3536) on request

Lab. Handling

Send to the Reference Laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Incorrectly and/or Insufficiently labelled sample

Insufficient clinical information given
Delay in sample reaching laboratory


Version 1.0 / November 2013

Last edited 16/04/14