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Viral Culture, other
|In House Availability||Set up daily, day and evening shifts|
|Collection Instructions||Click here for information on correct samples to collect for viral testing
Viral holding medium is available from Microbiology or from Specimen Receiving.
Blood and urine accepted 0800-1430, other specimens until 2330. Specimens are preferably collected during the day shift and transported immediately to Microbiology. Specimens collected emergently from 2330-0600 should be refrigerated at 4°C until processed. Do NOT freeze.
|Sample type||Blood, CSF, Eye, Stool|
|UCSF Rejection Criteria||Sample collected on Calgi-swabs. Swabs not received in viral holding media. Unsuitable sample types.|
|Processing notes||Viral holding medium at Front Desk is in Refrigerator #10.|
|Additional information||For CNS, cutaneous and other infections specify the virus suspected (e.g., enterovirus). See Table for agents commonly causing various syndromes or consult laboratory, 415-353-1268.
Positive results are reported as soon as virus is detected. Most cultures are held up to 14 days before being reported as negative, except for cultures for Herpes simplex virus only, which are held for 5 days.
|Last Updated||7/24/2013 10:08:40 AM|
If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667