Testing for the Novel Influenza A Virus H1N1 (Swine Flu) is done by real time PCR from
clinical specimens.

For complete information regarding testing for H1N1 virus, please go to the CDC website.

Specimen Collection

Viral transport media are suggested to be used for swabs.

For reverse transcriptase PCR, nucleic acid extraction lysis buffer can be added to specimens before refrigeration and sent to laboratory on ice.

Influenza virus is an RNA virus and so it is important to keep all samples in a cool place and maintained as such even during transport in order to maintain integrity of RNA.

Turnaround time: 1 working day.