Influenza Isolation

Infectious Disease Laboratories:Virology

Test ID/Workstation: IVI VIR1

Specimen Type: Throat/NPH swabs, nasal washings, sputum

Tube Type: Specimen container

Collection Volume: 1.5 mL specimen or inoculated M4M

Cause for rejection: Specimen dry, not in proper M4M, not refrigerated, not in sterile container, fixed in preservative, QNS

Storage: Refrigerated

Availability: Daily (0800-1700)

Methodology: Spin-amplified svc, 48 hr incubation and IFA stain with virus-specific monoclonal antibody

Special Instructions: This method does not detect any other viruses except Influenza A and B. A negative test does not rule out viral etiology.


Lab/Phone: 330-543-8576

TAT: 48-72 hrs.

Additional Info: Reference range: No influenza virus isolated

CPT Code: 87254

Synonyms: Flu culture; Flu isolation; Influenza A and B isolation

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