Enterovirus PCR - viral swab

Microbiology

Notes

 

  • Used to detect Enterovirus virus in hand, foot and mouth lesions
  • If it is not possible to sample lesions, then Enterovirus IgM testing may be of value
  • There is no immunity test for Enterovirus. It is not possible to test for immunity in patients in contact with suspected hand, foot and mouth disease

Sample requirements

Please check swab expiry date before use

The vesicle should be de-roofed and the swab ground into the base of the lesion

Place swab into virus transport tube

Viral transport swab

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details

Storage/transport

Store at room temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Sent to a Regional Reference Centre

Up to 7 days


Page last reviewed: 27/11/2013