Submit all specimens to 50 Orms St, Providence RI 02915. Open Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
|Lab||Molecular Diagnostics & Enteric Pathogens 401-222-5538|
|Test Description||RT-PCR for detection of Norovirus in stool|
PREAUTHORIZATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CENTER FOR ACUTE INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND EPIDEMIOLOGY ((401) 222-2577) IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO SPECIMEN SUBMISSION
NORO VIRUS TESTING IS FOR OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION ONLY. ALL SPECIMENS ARE REQUIRED TO RECEIVE APPROVAL PRIOR TO SENDING
Preferred Specimen: Minimum 2 ml of stool in a clean vial without preservative. Specimens in Cary-Blair collection vials also acceptable.
CLIA regulations require two patient identifiers on the specimen container and the test requisition.
|Form Required||Rhode Island State Health Laboratories (RISHL) test requisition form|
|Test Request||Write "NORO" in comment field on requisition form|
|Transport||Transport within 24 hours of collection. Hold at 2° - 8° C until transport. Transport maintaining refrigerated temperature conditions by surrounding specimen with blue or wet ice.|
|Normal Value||Negative for Norovirus|
|Turnaround Time||24 hours to 2 business days|
|Kit||Kits may be obtained Monday - Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm from the RI State Health Laboratories Center for Laboratory Support Services|