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Influenza A, B and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology


nasopahryngeal swabs

nose/throat swabs

Send in virus transport medium, remel tube MR4 media (red topped, pink liquid),


Turnaround Time:

Contact laboratory if urgent

Routine samples up to 72 hours depending on seasonal influenza activity

Detection of influenza A, influenza B and RSV from respiratory swabs.

Contact laboratory if extended viral testing required

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 hours are undesirable.