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Laboratory Information

Test Name

Respiratory virus standard PCR panel


Influenza A
Influenza B
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV)

Specimen Collection

Specimen Collection and Transport Protocols

Nasopharyngeal swab or aspirate/ BAL. Nasal and throat swabs will not be accepted.

Adult Specimen

Nasopharyngeal swab

Test Information


Molecular Biology

Test Availability

Mon - Fri, 0800 - 1630 excl. Public Holidays

Laboratory Turnaround Time

24 hours


Real time PCR

Diagnostic Use Or Instructions

This panel will be done routinely for all respiratory virus requests. The extended respiratory virus panel will only be done on request for immunosuppressed patients, following a negative standard respiratory virus panel result or on consultation with a Clinical Microbiologist.