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Clinical viral specimen acceptance-rejection criteria

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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES

DAVID L. LAKEY, M.D.
COMMISSIONER

1100 W. 49th Street • Austin, Texas 78756
P.O. Box 149347 • Austin, TX 78714-9347
1-888-963-7111 • http://www.dshs.state.tx.us
TDD: 1-800-735-2989

 

 

   

November 1, 2008

 

Dear Submitter:

Re: Clinical viral specimen acceptance/rejection criteria

Effective December 1, 2008 the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Laboratory Services Section will enforce specimen acceptance / rejection criteria for clinical specimens submitted for viral isolation as outlined in the table below:

Specimen Types

Virus

Transport and Submission

Influenza Surveillance
(throat swabs, NP swabs, respiratory, etc)

Influenza

Transport cold on ice packs within 4 days of collection or freeze at - 70° C and ship on dry ice.

Respiratory

RSV

Transport cold on ice packs within 48 hours of collection.

Respiratory

 

CSF, Swabs, Fecal Matter, Solid Tissue

 

Respiratory, Urine

Respiratory, Urine, Saliva, CSF

Respiratory, Urine

Respiratory, Urine, Saliva, CSF, Swabs, Tissue

Swabs, Vesicular Fluid

Adenovirus, Parainfluenza1,2,3,4

Enterovirus (Coxsackie B, Echovirus, Entero 71, Coxsackie A9)

Measles

Mumps

 

Rubella

CMV(Requires equal volume of 0.4M sucrose phosphate before freezing at - 70° C)
HSV 1,2

Transport cold on ice packs within 48 hours of collection. If specimens will not be received at the laboratory within 48 hours of collection, specimens should be frozen and shipped on dry ice.

Swabs, Vesicular Fluid

Varicella Zoster

Transport cold on ice packs within 12 hours of collection. Specimens that will not be received within 12 hours of collection should be frozen and shipped on dry ice.

Any specimens that do not meet these criteria at the date of receipt in our laboratory will be considered unsatisfactory for testing and will be immediately discarded. Although not intended to disrupt vital public health services to our programs and citizens of Texas, these guidelines will ensure the quality of test results and compliance with manufacturers' specimen acceptance criteria. General submission guidelines can be found on our website: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lab/MRS_intro.shtm.

  1. Please distribute this letter to all staff responsible for submitting samples.
  2. Please do not ship specimens to the DSHS Laboratory on Friday or the day before a federally observed holiday.

If we can be of any assistance to you in interpreting these guidelines, please contact Martha Thompson at 1-888-963-7111 ext. 7594. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,




Susan U. Neill, PhD, MBA
Director, Laboratory Services Section

Last updated May 19, 2010