INFLUENZA B VIRUS, DIRECT (088-0079)
CPT 4 Code: 87275
Test Order Mnemonic: V FLUAB
Test Includes: EIA capture membrane assay for Influenza B virus, usually ordered with other seasonal viruses.
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Use sterile saline (PBS) to aspirate a nasal wash. With a rubber bulb, insert 5 ml of PBS into the patient's nostril. Immediately aspirate the PBS back into the bulb. Transfer the contents of the bulb to an empty test tube and label.
Storage Instructions: Refrigerate; transport on ice.
Causes for Rejection: Culturette submitted, insufficient cellular material
Availability: Samples are accepted 24 hours per day at the Microbiology Processing Laboratory, Room 5.137 McCullough.
Turnaround Time: 1 day; test performed daily Sunday - Saturday
Special Instructions: Transport specimen on ice. Specify viruses suspected. Instructions and materials are available from the Virology Laboratory, Room 5.110, McCullough Building, Monday-Friday, 8 AM-4 PM . The EIA test is performed when there is a high probability in the community - winter months. Negative EIA results may be reflexed to shell vial culture or PCR testing to detect low levels of virus. Refer to PCR test for more details.
Specimen: Nasal wash, nasal swab, throat
Minimum Volume: 2 ml
Other Information: Order PCR in addition to this direct test.
Test Method: EIA capture membrane assay
Revised/reviewed 10/31/12 by T. Friloux