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MERS-Coronavirus RT-PCR

Test Code:

BA0341

Synonym(s):

 

Specimen Container

Sterile container
Use red-capped flocked swab in Universal Transport Medium (UTM) for nasopharyngeal collection. 
Click here “Instruction on how to use Nasopharyngeal swab with UTM

Specimen Requirement

To consult Infectious Disease (paeds) doctor before collecting specimen. Please call lab before sending specimen at 6394 1389 / 6394 1382. Acceptable specimens include nasopharyngeal swabs, throat swab, BAL, ETTA and nasopharyngeal aspirate. All samples must be double bagged and hand delivered to laboratory, with a description of "Suspect MERS / Novel Coronavirus".

Specimen Storage / Transport

All specimens must be transported to the laboratory within 24hours of collection, otherwise at 4o C.

Method

 

Orderable as STAT?

No

Turn Around Time

Routine cases: 1 - 2 days
Urgent cases: 24 hrs or less

Reference Value(s)

Testing Laboratory Location

KKH

Laboratory

Molecular Micro

Contact Number

6394 1382

Day and Time Performed

Mon - Fri: 0800 hrs to 1800 hrs
Last specimen receipt time: 1730

Sat: 0800hrs to 1300 hrs
Last specimen receipt time: 1230

Sun: 0800 hrs to 1600 hrs
Last specimen receipt time: 1500
 
Urgent cases: A phone consult is required between the physician-in-charge and the microbiologist.

Orderable on CPOE?

Yes

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Keywords

MERS-Coronavirus RT-PCR BA0341
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