Test Details



Ordering Code


CPT-4 Code(s)

Varies: Adenovirus PCR 87798; CMV PCR 87496; Enterovirus PCR 87498; HSV1/2 PCR 87529 x 2; Norovirus 1/2 87798 x 2; Rhinovirus PCR 87798; VZV PCR 87798

Specimen Information


Variable specimen types

Specimen Preparation

Swab specimens in viral transport medium.
CSF and body fluids undiluted in sterile, leak-proof container - 3.0 mL (1.5 mL minimum).
Body fluids undiluted in sterile, leak-proof container - 1.0 mL (1.0 mL minimum).
Biopsy/tissue specimens should be ordered for Tissue Comprehensive Virus Detection (TCVD).
Stool in IATA-approved screw-capped container - 2.0 mL (1.0 mL minimum) liquid stool or marble size solid stool.
Undiluted urine in an IATA-approved screw-capped container - 2.0 mL (1.0 mL minimum).
Blood in EDTA (lavender top) tube - 3.0 mL (2.0 mL minimum).
Bone Marrow in EDTA - 1.0 mL (0.5 mL minimum).
For respiratory specimens order RCVP Respiratory Comprehensive Virus Panel

Alternate Specimen

Stool in Cary Blair medium.
The Laboratory Director or Supervisor must approve testing of specimens other than those listed.

Minimum Volume

Determined by specimen type

Transport Temperature

Varies by specimen type, see stability

Rejection Criteria

Rectal swabs and stool preserved in formalin, SAF, or PVA.
Stool specimens received with diapers, tissue paper, tongue depressors, sticks, and other objects.
Serum will not be tested due to decreased virus concentrations.
Urine in Grey-Top (boric acid) urine vacutainers. Specimens in Amplicor, EIA, Gen-Probe, or
ProbeTec transport media.
Specimens in bacterial transport media, Stewart medium (Culturettes) and specimens in
bacteriological blood culture media.
Dry swabs, wooden swabs, calcium alginate swabs, and swabs in gel transports.
Specimens received in non-sterile or leaking containers will not be tested.
Respiratory specimens (Order RCVP)


Room temperature (18-25°C): 4 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C): 7 days
Frozen (-70°C): 3 months


Source-driven panels. Polymerase Chain Reaction

Reference Range


Performing Laboratory

Warde Medical Laboratory

New York DOH Approval Status