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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
|Performed by||State Viral & Rickettsial Disease Laboratory|
|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
|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|
|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.
|Last Updated||10/2/2010 11:52:35 AM|
If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667