Upper/lower respiratory tract infection - diagnostic virology

Consider in infants with poor feeding, irritability, lethargy, fever.

Samples Test Pathogens covered Comment

Combined nasal & throat swab in virus transport medium (NOT IN CHARCOAL)

Nasophanyngeal aspirate (NPA)

Sputum

Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)

 

RealTime respiratory multiplex RT-PCR

Influenza A & B
Parainfluenza types 1-4
RSV
Human metapneumovirus
Coronaviruses (NL63/ 229E/ OC43/ HKU)
Human bocavirus
Rhinovirus
Enteroviruses/ parechoviruses
Adenoviruses
Mycoplasma pneumoniae
 

For suspected outbreak testing please contact the Infection Control and Prevention team BEFORE sending samples to the laboratory.

Turnaround time

see virology and microbiological serology turnaround times

Enquiries

Microbiology (Virology and Serology), ext.4627 after 11.15 am.