Chikungunya virus PCR

Which test do we use?

Real-time PCR.

Sampling instructions

1 ml serum.

 

For stable RNA concentrations in the serum, the serum preferably has to be separated from the cells immediately after collection.

 

If not possible, the sample can be stored for 6 hours at most at 4°C.

Storage conditions

Store serum at 4°C until transportation. The sample can be sent at room temperature but transportation time must be kept to a minimum (avoid weekends and holidays). Avoid repeated freezing and thawing of the samples.

Important advice

This test is only carried out on serum obtained at most 7 days after the onset of the fever. PCR is complementary to tracking antibodies against the virus.

Mention the country of origin, the date symptoms started and the date of sample collection on the request form.

Request form National Reference Center (NRC)

Frequence

Once per week

Reference values

Negative

How soon can you expect results?

Depends on the total number of requested analyses. See ‘How frequently do we perform this analysis’.

Accredited

Yes

ISO 15189 – Belac 147-MED

RIZIV-code

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Laatste wijziging op: 23/01/2020