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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne flaviviruses (Dengue, St. Louis Encephalitis, Yellow Fever) PCR

Test Name

West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne flaviviruses (Dengue, St. Louis Encephalitis, Yellow Fever) PCR

Alternate Name/ Synonym

Flavivirus, West Nile virus, Dengue virus, St. Louis Encephalitis virus, Yellow fever virus

Gene Name

Polyprotein

Test Code

WNVPC

Division

Molecular Microbiology - Viral

Method

Polymerase Chain Reaction

External Proficiency Testing

National Molecular Microbiology Diagnostics User Group

Turn Around Time

Within 4 days

Disease/Condition

  • Encephalitis transmitted by mosquitoes
  • Encephalitis

Specimen Type

  • Plasma
  • Serum
  • CSF

Minimum Specimen Requirements

  • Plasma or Serum - 0.5 mL minimum for 1 test, >1 mL recommended for multiple tests
  • CSF 300 ul per 1 test, for multiple tests please ensure adequate sample volume is submitted

Storage/Transportation

  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs

Special Requirements

* Not Health Canada approved

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Canada
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212