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Test Identifier Information

 
Registration CodeSARS
Method

Refer to additional information.

External Price$118.05(Exclusive of GST)
  

Specimen Collection

 
Pre-Testing Requirements

Microbiologist must be notified.

Specimen Collection Protocols

Respiratory Specimen Collection Protocol.

Swab identification guide

Patient SpecimenSee specimen collection protocol
Sample Delivery to LabAt 4C (on wet ice or chilly pad).
  

Instructions for Referral to CHLabs

 
Aliquot InstructionsNot preferable - refer written protocols.
  

CHLabs Laboratory

 
DepartmentMicrobiology-Virology
Contact Details** Unknown email address **
Contact Phone Number03-3640416 / ext. 80416
Test AvailabilityDaily Mon-Fri. Weekends and after hours after consultation.
Turnaround Time24 hours - for urgent requests
Additional Information

Method:

Detection of SARS coronavirus RNA. Reverse transcriptase PCR. Confirmation of positives by sequencing.

 

Application:

The diagnosis of SARS is largely based on clinical criteria and the exclusion of other respiratory pathogens. This diagnostic test can assist with the laboratory confirmation of a probable SARS case.

 

This current PCR is very specific but lacks sensitivity and will not detect all SARS patients being investigated who are excreting coronavirus.

Delphic Number Test Number2187

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