Viral Gastroenteritis
Investigations Viral Gastroenteritis
Viruses are a common cause of gastrointestinal infection which may result in vomiting and diarrhoea. Outbreaks can occur easily, particularly in semi-closed environments such as hospitals, schools and nurseries. The viral gastroenteritis PCR detects adenovirus, astrovirus, rotavirus type A and sapovirus. The assay issued in conjunction with the norovirus PCR to cover the most common agents of viral gastroenteritis.

Molecular Tests
Viral Gastroenteritis PCR
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 24-48hrs
Additional information See Norovirus
Additional Examination Requests click here


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