Diagnostic Section: 
Molecular Diagnostics
Test Fee: 
Setup Days: 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Turn Around Time: 
1-2 days
Shipping Requirements: 
Label all samples. Ship overnight with cold packs in an insulated container. Ship Monday-Thursday only. Submit specimens in sealed leak-proof containers. Use 15 ml conical tubes for 5 swab pools and 50 ml conical tubes for 11 swab pools.
Specimen Requirements: 

One or more of the following: oropharyngeal swab, tracheal swab, cloacal swab, lung or tracheal tissue.

Collection Protocol: 

Swabs in brain heart infusion (BHI) broth or viral transport media. Swabs should not be sent dry. Use synthetic or semi-synthetic swabs (e.g., polyester, rayon, nylon) with a plastic handle (flocked or spun head). Contact the lab directly for guidance regarding pooling of samples.

Avoid cotton or calcium alginate swabs or swabs with wooden handles which inactivate virus and inhibit PCR. Do not submit swabs in tubes containing gel, Amies media or media containing charcoal.

Additional Information: 

Detection of Avian influenza A virus matrix by real time PCR. If influenza is detected, specimens are screened for the H5 & H7 subtypes by real time PCR. Test is available as STAT if requested, for an additional fee. Same day results provided for STAT specimens submitted before 10:00 a.m. Results for STAT specimens submitted after 10:00 a.m. receive priority status and are reported as soon as they are available, at least by the following business day. Test also available as part of the Avian Respiratory PCR Panel.