Test Catalog

Test ID: VRID2    
Culture Referred for Identification, Virus

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Ordering Guidance

Suspected isolates of the following viruses will not be accepted at Mayo Clinic Laboratories and should be submitted directly to your state health department or the CDC for confirmatory testing:



-Ebola and other causative agents of viral hemorrhagic fevers

-Avian influenza

-Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

-Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Shipping Instructions

1. See Infectious Specimen Shipping Guidelines in Special Instructions.

2. Place specimen in a large infectious container (T146) and label as an etiologic agent/infectious substance.

Necessary Information

1. Specimen source is required and must include anatomical site of original specimen collected.

2. Isolate description is required. Include morphology and list any previous tests performed.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Supplies: Infectious Container, Large (T146)

Specimen Type: Pure culture of organism from source cultured

Container/Tube: Cell (viral) culture tube

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. Organism must be in pure culture, actively growing.

2. Completely fill culture tube with appropriate culture medium before shipment.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis NA
Lipemia NA
Icterus NA
Other Agar plate

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
VariesAmbient (preferred)