1 – 2 mL CSF in sterile bottle for neurological diseases
Throat swab/nasopharyngeal aspirate within the first 3 – 4 days of onset for all clinical presentations
Throat swab, nasopharyngeal aspirate or bronchoalveolar lavage for respiratory infections
Pericardial fluid for pericarditis
Vesicular fluid for vesicular eruptions
Send samples (except CSF, stool, pericardial fluid & vesicular fluid) in Universal Transport Medium
Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze.Send
samples on ice pack to laboratory.
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