Torovirus – Enteric
Submission and Collection Notes
Timing of Specimen Collection
Samples should be collected within the first 48 hours after onset of symptoms.
Samples received in Virus or Multi-Organism transport media are not suitable for testing for no rotavirus.
Preparation Prior to Transport
Label the specimen container with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay.
Specimens should be stored at 2-8°C following collection and shipped to PHOL on ice packs as soon as possible after collection.
Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)
Torovirus identification is performed daily Monday to Friday.
Turnaround time is up to 3 days from receipt by PHO laboratory.
Turnaround time will vary during the winter months.
Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.
Specimens that are positive for Torovirus from Outbreaks are reported to the Medical Officer of Health as per Health Protection and Promotion Act.
Torovirus specimens are tested by Electron Microscopy.