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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P319
Performed by State Viral & Rickettsial Disease Laboratory
Sendout? Yes
Collection Instructions Before submitting specimens for SARS testing, clinicians who suspect cases of SARS are requested to report such cases to UCSF Infection Control at 476-5793 and San Francisco Communicable Disease Control Unit at (415)554-2830.

Contact UCSF Microbiology Laboratory (3-1268) to obtain the Unexplained Pneumonia Screening form for specimen submission, and to facilitate transport of specimens to San Francisco DPH Laboratory.

Both upper respiratory (nasopharyngeal swab or wash) and blood are required samples. Stool and lower respiratory samples may also be submitted but are not required.
Container type Swabs in viral transport media, Gold top, stool in urine cup, fluid in Red top or other sterile container.
Amount to Collect Blood 10 mL
Stool 50 mL
Sample type Nasopharyngeal swab or wash, Serum, Stool or rectal swab, BAL, trachael aspirate, pleural fluid.
Preferred volume 5 mL serum AND 50 mL stool
Min. Volume 2.5 mL serum AND 10 mL stool
Processing notes Refrigerate sample
Normal range
Synonyms SARS
Additional information Laboratory testing is performed at the State of California DHS Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory, and at the Centers for Disease Control, on hospitalized patients with unexplained pneumonia AND, for SARS, with travel to Guangdong Province, China.

Testing is performed for a broad range of pathogens, including Coronavirus, other respiratory viruses, human metapneumovirus, Mycoplasma, and Chlamydia.

Specimens should be kept refrigerated until delivered to the Microbiology laboratory.

This information is updated frequently: Click here for latest updates

Click here to access the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) new and revised (6/3/2003) infection control recommendations for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Microsoft Word format.
LOINC code 29257-3
Last Updated 10/2/2010 11:52:35 AM
Entry Number 852
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