These viruses are often associated with fever and rash during childhood, and are also a common cause of aseptic meningitis.
Enterovirus & Parechovirus PCR
|Inform lab before sending||No||Specimen type||Faeces: Collect at least a pea sized amount into a stool container.
Swabs: Use the Sigma-Virocult swab (GREEN CAPPED) or REMEL swab (RED CAPPED) collection kits.
CSF: Collect at least 0.2ml using the CSF sample collection kit if available. A sterile container is a suitable alternative.
Tissue: Collected in a sterile leak-proof container.
|Ideal time to take specimen|| ||Labelling requirements||click here||How to take the specimen||For investigation of vesicular skin lesions, rub the top off a vesicle with a sterile swab to absorb the vesicle fluid. If necessary, burst the vesicle with a sterile needle and absorb the vesicle fluid with the swab||Transport to the laboratory||If transport is delayed then store at +4°C||Test Times||Daily||Turnround||2 working days||Additional information||Bacterial Transport Media (blue swabs), cannot be processed by molecular diagnositc methods.|
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