Garcia Laboratory Now Offering Monkeypox (Orthopoxvirus) PCR Testing

According the the CDC: “Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.”


Monkeypox virus tests may be ordered upon request. CDC specimen collection details for the test are available here.


Possible results for this test include Detected, Not Detected, Equivocal, and Inconclusive. Quantitative results are not available at this time. Result turnaround is estimated at 4-6 days from specimen reception.



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