Test directory: MERS-CoV Real-Time PCR

Ordering Code5556
Test NameMERS-CoV Real-Time PCR
AliasMiddle East Respiratory Syndrome
**Testing must be pre-approved by
DOH Epi Department**
Include case number with DOH
Form 81.3. Notify Medical or
Technical director of request.
Must submit all three specimen
Preferred SpecimenLower respiratory (sputum, broncheoalveolar lavage, tracheal aspirate, pleural fluid), Upper respiratory (nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal) and Serum
Preferred ContainerLower respiratory in sterile, screw-cap container, Upper respiratory in viral transport (e.g. M4, M6, VTM), and SST
Optimum VolumeLower Respiratory Specimens: 5 mL
Upper Respiratory Specimens: 3 mL
Serum: 0.5 mL
Transport RequirementsLower Respiratory Specimens:
Oahu: Refrigerated
Airline: Refrigerated
Upper Respiratory Specimens:
Oahu: Refrigerated
Airline: Refrigerated
Oahu: Refrigerated
Airline: Refrigerated
Specimen StabilityLower Respiratory Specimens:
Ambient: 2 Hours
Refrigerated: 24 Hours
Upper Respiratory Specimens:
Ambient: 1 Hour
Refrigerated: 3 Days
Frozen: 1 Month
Ambient: 24 Hours
Refrigerated: 7 Days
Avail. StatNO
MethodologyReal-Time PCR
Reference Lab Dept of Health

Reference range(s)

ComponentAgeMale NormMale Critical LowMale Critical HighFemale NormFemale Critical HighFemale Critical LowUnitsAdd'l info
Upper Respiratory ResultALLSee report.
Lower Respiratory ResultALLSee report.
Serum ResultALL


Testing performed by the Hawaii Department of Health, State Laboratories Division at 2725 Waimano Home Rd., Pearl City, HI 96782.
See report.