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Culture, Viral Non-Respiratory

Mnemonic:    [C Vir NonR]
Name:    Culture, Viral Non-Respiratory
Specimen:     Specimen Required: Collect: Eye swab, lesion, stool, tissue (brain, colon, kidney, liver, etc.), or urine.

Specimen Preparation:
--Fluid or Stool: Transfer to sterile, leak-proof container.
--Swabs or Tissue: Place in viral transport media.

Place each specimen in a separate, individually sealed bag.

Send fluids in a sterile, leak-proof container.

Unacceptable conditions: calcium alginate, eSwab, dry, or wood swabs.
Transport Temp:    Refrigerated
Spec Stability:    Stable 3 days refrigerated.
Ref Lab/Code:    ARUP 2006498
  Method:    Culture
Note:    Viruses that can be isolated by culture include:
--Herpes Simplex virus
--Varicella-Zoster Virus

Virus specific tests by PCR are recommended and are individually orderable at ARUP.
Processing Info:    Sent out on a Manual Requisition Form though Microbiology.

Write source on both the sample container and on the requisition.

If a specific virus is supected, please indicate the virus on the request slip.