Seasonal Influenza Virus Detection
Influenza Polymerase Chain Reaction
Virology & Molecular
Seasonal Influenza Kit
The MSPHL will supply influenza kits to sentinel providers and for outbreak assistance for the influenza transmission season. These kits are routinely supplied to sentinel site providers at the start of the influenza transmission season, and are available for outbreak testing by request. Requests for influenza testing from non-sentinel sites should be made directly to the laboratory or the State Influenza Coordinator.
Collection of Seasonal Influenza Specimens
Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab
Test Request Form(s)
Positive for influenza A (subtype)
Influenza A Virus Detected
Influenza B Detected
Not meeting laboratory testing criteria
Specimen not in viral transport medium
Incorrect specimen type
Use only viral transport medium and synthetic Dacron/flocked swab or equivalent. Do not use wooden shaft or cotton swab.
rRT-PCR - Normally reported on Thursdays.
Virus Culture - Up to 14 days
None - Available to influenza sentinel providers and outbreak investigations only. Routine testing for influenza infection is not provided.