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September 2020 – Respiratory screen update.

Our routine respiratory panel comprises: Influenzae A and B, Respiratory syncytial virus A and B, Parainfluenza 1 - 4, Human Metapneumovirus, Rhinovirus/Enterovirus, Adenovirus, Human Bocavirus.

In addition to this we are now offering an extended respiratory screen comprised of the aforementioned organisms with Coronavirus OC43, 229E, NL63, HKU1 and new Coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 as additional testing.

Please note, Influenza A positives can be differentiated between H1 and H3 subtypes. If required this can be reported.

Differentiation of Rhinovirus/Enterovirus will incur an extra day TAT to facilitate additional testing.

Legionella pneumophila, Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydia pneumoniae positives may be reported following testing on the NxTAG® Respiratory Pathogen Panel.