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Influenza Testing by PCR at HETL

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.