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Test Catalog

Test ID: RZIKS    
Zika Virus, PCR, Molecular Detection, Serum

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

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Serum

Advisory Information

Due to similar clinical presentations, testing for RNA or IgM-class antibodies to dengue and chikungunya viruses, concurrently with Zika virus testing, is strongly recommended.

Necessary Information

Order questions and answers concerning pregnancy, exposure, and display of symptoms are required.

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

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Submission Container: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Collect whole blood in a serum gel tube.

2. Centrifuge and aliquot the serum into a sterile container within 6 hours of collection.

3. Label specimen as serum.

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

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.25 mL

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

All specimens will be evaluated at Mayo Clinic Laboratories for test suitability.

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
SerumRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Frozen 7 days