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Rotavirus - Stool

Source Stool
Mnemonic M RV
Specimen Requirements

Acceptable specimen: gross stool.
Collect stool specimen as soon as possible after onset of symptoms into sterile container without preservative.

Refer to Patient Collection Instructions: Collecting Stool Samples for Bacterial Enteric Pathogen Testing, Rotavirus, Clostridium difficile Toxin, Parasite Screen and/or Ova and Parasites MI6000.

Rectal swabs are ONLY acceptable on approval of the Microbiologist on Call: 403-770-3677.
Submit rectal swabs in Amies transport media.

 

Specimen Handling

Deliver specimen and requisition to the lab within 8 hours after collecting.
If delivery to laboratory is delayed, refrigerate specimen and deliver to the laboratory within 24 hours.

For specimens that cannot be received in the testing laboratory within 24 hours, freeze (-20 ºC) and ship on ice. Avoid freeze thaw cycles.

Leaking sample containers will NOT be accepted.

Additional Information

Specimens received after 07:00 will be processed the next day.

For STAT request consult the Microbiologist on Call at 403-770-3757.

Turnaround time: 2 day.

Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily.
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