Torovirus – Enteric

Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

Test Requested Required Requisition(s) Specimen Type Minimum Volume Collection Kit

Electron Microscopy (EM)


1.0-2.0 grams

Virus - Enteric Kit order#: 390087

Submission and Collection Notes


Complete the following fields of the General Test Requisition Form if diagnostic testing is requested:

  • symptoms
  • onset date
  • outbreak number if applicable

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.

Special Instructions

Specimens should be stored at 2-8°C following collection and shipped to PHOL on ice packs as soon as possible after collection.

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

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.

Test Methods

Torovirus specimens are tested by Electron Microscopy.

Mis à jour le 27 déc. 2018