Noroviruses, or "winter vomiting virus" are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the UK. The viruses are highly infectious with sudden onset of symptoms and outbreaks can easily occur in semi-closed environments such as hospitals and nursing homes.
|Inform lab before sending||No||Specimen type||Faeces: Collect at least a pea sized amount or 0.5ml into a stool container.||Ideal time to take specimen|| ||Labelling requirements||click here||How to take the specimen|| ||Transport to the laboratory||If transport is delayed then store at +4°C||Test Times||Daily||Turnround||3 workings days||Additional information||Norovirus samples need to arrive in the laboratory before 9am for testing the same day.|
A seven day testing service will be available during outbreaks.
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