Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Test Name:    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Alternate Name (s):    MERS-CoV
Laboratory Module:    LAB
Ordering Mnemonic:   MERS 
Specimen Type:   

 NP swab and throat swabs: swab in 1ml universal transport media (UTM). 

BAL: 1ml.  Blood: 5.0 ml whole blood or 1.0 ml serum. Stool: 1 gram. 
Collection Container:    
 
Collection Information:    
Ensure the following fields are completed if diagnostic testing is requested:
  • ​Signs and Symptoms 
  • Onset date
  • Travel history and travel dates.
  • Patient setting (e.g. hospitalized, ICU)
  • Identify whether the patient has pneumonia/lower respiratory tract infection.
  • Specify “MERS-CoV” on the laboratory requisition.
Test Schedule:  

 

Turnaround Time:   Routine

 

Stat / Urgent

 

Reference Interval:  

 

Critical Values:    
Lab Process Notes :    The  submitting physician or another healthcare provider who has knowledge of the patient and how they meet the case definition (e.g. ER nurse, ICP) MUST Contact PHOL's Customer Service Centre at 416-235-6556/1-877-604-4567 prior to submission
 
PHOL reviews each request with the submitting physician or another healthcare provider who has knowledge of the patient and how they meet the case definition (e.g. ER nurse, ICP). If health unit becomes aware of a request prior to PHOL being contacted, ask the submitter to call PHOL before submission, ideally prior to specimen collection and after a physician has seen the patient.
 
PHOL will then verify that the patient meets criteria, determine testing priority, obtain contact information for results and provide advice concerning specimen 
collection, transportation and turnaournd time. Additional testing may be discussed. 
Storage & Transport:    Specimens should be stored at 2-8°C following collection and shipped to PHOL on ice packs
Test Referred to :    Public Health Lab

                 

Updated: 2017.06.23 ll

 
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