Viral Fever (> 3 months old) Blood samples for diagnosis by PCR
There are a number of viral infections that can cause a rise in the normal body temperature and resultant fever. Other symptoms may include aches, rashes and headaches. There are a number of viral agents that may cause viral fever; Adenovirus, Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and Cytomegalovirus (CMV).
|Additional Information||Diagnosis of viral fever in patients over 3 months old. Investigation of pyrexia of unknown origin.
Multiplex PCR testing is carried out to detect viral targets. Full clinical details including travel history and any unusual exposure must be included to direct approriate testing.
|Turn Around||3 days|
|Send to||LGI Microbiology Department|
|Collection Con||EDTA samples are required. Optimal time of collection is the acute phase of illness. Minimum sample 380µl|
|IP Routine TAT||3 days|
|GP Routine TAT||3 days|