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|The Mpox Virus, Real-Time PCR test is intended for the qualitative detection of mpox virus DNA using swabs from human pustular or vesicular rash specimens.
|Tests ordered by a healthcare provider or clinical laboratory are posted to the SHL Web Portal upon completion, generally less than 12 hours from the time the specimen arrives at the lab. Healthcare providers will report results to the patient.
The State Hygienic Laboratory will report results to the State of Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Positive specimens from SHL will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further studies.
|Avg. Turnaround Time
|Coralville, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-F
|2 - 3 business days
|No charge (covered as a test of public health significance by Iowa HHS).
|SHL Virus Isolation and Detection Kit (contains M4-RT viral transport medium and swabs) or equivalent viral transport medium.
Order Virus Isolation and Detection Kit at http://www.shl.uiowa.edu/kitsquotesforms/clinicalkit.xml.
Healthcare facilities may use their own collection supplies as long as they meet the requirements (see Unacceptable Conditions).
|Swab each lesion vigorously. Place swab into viral transport media (VTM).
|Temperature and Stability:
|Refrigerated (4 +/- 1 °C). Frozen: 30 days.
|Specimens meeting any of the following criteria will be rejected and not tested:
|Detected, Not Detected, Invalid
|Ship refrigerated (on ice packs) via CDS courier to SHL (Category B). Contact CDS courier to schedule routine pick-up of specimens at http://cdsofiowa.com or by calling (515) 289-9990.
|Mpox is a rare disease caused by infection with the mpox virus. Mpox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus. Mpox is unrelated to the chickenpox virus of the Herpesviridae family. Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are tracking multiple cases of mpox that have been reported in several countries that have not reported mpox in the past, including the United States.
|Monkeypox, Monkeypox Virus, Orthopoxvirus