Specimen Requirements

Title

VIRUS CULTURE, DERMAL – Skin sources including pustules, vesicles, rashes, sores and lesions

Specimen Requirement

Sterile swab of the skin site or lesion place immediately in M4 Viral Transport Media. Keep refrigerated.

Rejection criteria:

Dry swabs, wooden swabs, calcium alginate swabs, and swabs in gel transports.

Methodology

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerate: 7 Days; Frozen: DO NOT FREEZE (Except Tissue Specimens)

Reference Range

By Report*

Turnaround

Positives are reported when detected. Negatives reported within 5-7 days

Clinical Use

Diagnosis of virus-related infections.

Test Code

MVC