Adenovirus – Enteric
Submission and Collection Notes
Complete the following fields of the General Test Requisition Form if diagnostic testing is requested
- onset date
Refer to the Virus-Enteric Kit Instruction Sheet for detailed specimen collection instructions.
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.
Place specimen in biohazard bag and seal. Specimens should be stored at 2-8° C following collection and shipped to PHO laboratory on ice packs as soon as possible.
Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)
The adenovirus testing by electron microscopy (EM) is performed daily Monday to Friday.
Turnaround time for EM is up to 3 days from receipt by PHO laboratory.
Samples tested by virus culture are observed for a minimum of 10 days prior to reporting a negative culture result; samples that are positive can be observed at any point during this period.
Turnaround time for virus culture is up to 12 days from receipt by PHO laboratory.
TAT will vary during the winter months.
Adenovirus specimens are tested by electron microscopy and traditional virus culture. (Most viruses responsible for gastroenteritis in the winter do not grow in cell culture. Therefore, virus culture is only performed from April 15th to December 14th). Electron microscopy is done year round.