Transport blood in a timely fashion (preferrably within 8 hours of collection) at room temperature to the Clinical Virology Laboratory.
Other acceptable specimens include CSF, serum and tissue submitted in viral transport medium.
Amplification and detection of WNV RNA envelope gene region using TaqMan real-time PCR technology. This test is performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
If positive, results are reported as West Nile virus RNA detected.
Negative or no West Nile virus RNA detected
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