|Mnemonic: ||[.DOE Only]|
|Name: ||Influenza Testing by PCR at HETL|
|Specimen: || Preferred sample: Nasopharyngeal swab, throat swab or nasal washings.|
Other acceptable samples: Lower respiratory specimens (bronchial washing), nasal aspirate or sputum.
Note sample collection method/source. See special collection instructions.
Note that calcium alginate (Calginate) or wooden swabs are unacceptable.
Keep the sample refrigerated. Freezing is not recommended.
|Transport Temp: ||Refrigerated|
|Ref Lab/Code: ||PHL |
| Method: ||Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)|
|Note: ||This is a restricted test which can only be ordered by the laboratory in DOE [.Influ HETL].|
Samples are analyzed at Health & Environmental Testing Laboratory, Augusta, Maine.
Influenza testing by PCR is available at CMMC under a different order.