Item Value
Test name Avian Influenza A
Available Stat? No
Turn around times 2 days after receipt at the State Viral & Rickettsial Disease Laboratory
Performed by State Viral & Rickettsial Disease Laboratory
Normal range Negative
Container type Flocked swab in Universal Transport Medium (UTM)

DO NOT use cotton or calcium arginate swabs for collection
Amount to Collect 1 Flocked swab
Collection Instructions IMPORTANT: If avian influenza is suspected, call SFDPH Disease Control at (415)554-2830 immediately for consultation to determine the need for testing.

Nasopharyngeal swab: Use flocked swab/Universal Transport Medium for collection. Insert swab into the nostril, gently rotating the swab inward until resistance is met at the level of the turbinates. Rotate the swab a few times against the nasopharyngeal wall (approximately 10 sec) and then withdraw swab. Insert swab into container with Universal Transport Medium. Break end of swab so top of vial can be screwed on securely. Appropriately label specimen and send to the laboratory.
Sample type Nasopharyngeal swab

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667