Influenza A H1N1 (2009) By PCR
novel influenza, nH1N1(2009), nH1N1, H1N1, swine influenza, swine flu, Influenza A nH1N1 (2009) by RT-PCR, SOFT: IFLUG
Specimen Collection Criteria
NP swab in viral transport medium (i.e. M4-RT, M5, Universal Transport Media) refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F).
During collection, please remember to leave the NP swab in the patient's nasopharynx for 30 seconds and to gently rotate the swab to obtain an adequate specimen.
* Testing nasopharyngeal aspirates/washes and bronchoalveolar lavage/wash specimens must be approved by the Medical Director; otherwise these samples should be tested by viral culture (refer to comprehensive viral culture).
Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation
Store refrigerated or on wet ice (2-8°C or 36-46°F).
Preparation for Courier Transport
Transport specimens refrigerated or on wet ice (2-8°C or 36-46°F).
Samples collected in bacterial transport system, dry swabs, plasma or serum cannot be tested.
Inpatient Specimen Preparation
Transport specimens to the Royal Oak Clinical Molecular Pathology laboratory refrigerated/wet ice (2-8°C or 36-46°F) as soon as possible.
Room temperature (20-25°C or 68-77°F): 2 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 3 days
Royal Oak Clinical Molecular Pathology Laboratory
Sunday - Saturday, batched
Results available usually within 24 hours.
Negative (No influenza A viruses detected)
Real-time, Reverse-Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
Detects all types of influenza A viruses and specifically detects the H1N1 (2009) influenza A virus, formerly "Swine Flu".
This test may be used to differentiate seasonal influenza A from the nH1N1 (2009) influenza A virus. For additional information please contact the Customer Service via 1-800-551-0488, option 5.
Clinical Molecular Pathology Lab – RO
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Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, and Troy campuses.