Enterovirus PCR


Test Information

Test Name

Enterovirus PCR

Synonyms

Coxsackie

Preferred Specimen

See notes

Testing Location

Referral

Turn Around Time

1 week


Processing Information

Registration Code

ETVR

Notes

  • Enterovirus serology (Coxsackie, Echovirus, Poliovirus) are no longer available
  • Include clinical details and contact Pathologist prior to requesting test

Specimen types

  • CSF is preferred sample type
  • Dedicated EDTA is acceptable for neonatal enteroviral sepsis; meningitis or encephalitis where CSF cannot be obtained
  • Vesicle swabs in viral transport medium is acceptable for hand, foot and mouth disease (Coxsackie A16; A71 and others)
  • Other conditions by negotiation

Site Specific Notes

- Tauranga

Hospital Request, register as VMP (included in viral meningitis panel) for suspected meningitis or encephalitis, process in PLBOP Microbiology. Community request refer to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Whakatane

Hospital Request, register as VMP (included in viral meningitis panel) for suspected meningitis or encephalitis, process in PLBOP Microbiology. Community request refer to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Rotorua

Hospital Request, register as VMP (included in viral meningitis panel) for suspected meningitis or encephalitis, process in PLBOP Microbiology. Community request refer to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Taupo

Hospital Request, register as VMP (included in viral meningitis panel) for suspected meningitis or encephalitis, process in PLBOP Microbiology. Community request refer to Waikato Hospital Laboratory


Methodology

Contact Information

murray.robinson@pathlab.co.nz

External Referral Information

Referral Location

Waikato Hospital Laboratory

External Lab Website