Specimen Collection and Testing for MERS-CoV

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Appropriate Specimen Types
Specimen Collection
Specimen Submission Forms
Shipping to MDH-PHL
Other Influenza lab information

Appropriate Specimen Types

For patients with clinical suspicion of MERS-CoV, CDC recommends collection of specimens from different sites including:

  • Lower respiratory specimen (i.e. sputum, broncheoalveolar lavage, bronchial wash, ¬†tracheal aspirate, or pleural fluid)
  • Upper respiratory specimens (i.e.[in order of preference], nasopharyngreal swab AND oralpharyngeal swab, oralpharyngeal swab or nasopharyngeal swab, nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate) ¬†
  • Serum
  • Stool specimens (lower priority)

Specimen Collection

Infection Control For Specimen Collection

Specimen Submission Forms

Please use the Clinical Testing and Submission Form and note MERS-CoV testing under “Other”:

Shipping to MDH-PHL

  • Contact MDH for approval before sending specimens for a suspect case. Do not submit specimens for a suspect case without prior approval from MDH. Providers should call MDH at 651-201-5414 or toll-free at 1-877-676-5414 before sending specimens for suspect cases.
  • Refrigerate specimen until shipping.

Questions?

  • For an MDH epidemiologist, call 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.
  • During business hours you can call the Virology Supervisor at 651-201-5255.

Updated Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 04:05PM