Hantavirus Serology

This test is referred to another lab outside our network
This does not affect where samples are sent and where your results are issued.
Sample sent to PHE Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL), Porten Down for Hantavirus diagnostics. Specific tests depend on exposure / travel history, disease presentation, and duration of symptoms and PCR may be performed on other sample types. Hantaviruses include the Hantaan, Seoul, Dobrava, Puumala and Sin Nombre groups. The infection is a zoonosis. Rodents are the primary natural reservoir. This assay is available routinely Mon to Fri.
Clinical details: 
Hantaviruses are distributed globally and cause two serious infections in humans; 'haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome' (HFRS) and 'hantavirus pulmonary syndrome' (HPS). The first UK cases of Seoul virus infection have recently been reported.
Synonyms or keywords: 
Hantaan, Seoul, Dobrava, Puumala, Sin Nombre
Sample type and Volume required: 
2.5 – 5ml Yellow Top Serum Separation Tube (SST) Clotted Blood (for serum) or 4-9ml Purple Top EDTA blood (for whole blood or plasma). Urine to be collected in a sterile universal container with no additives.
Call in advance: 
A comprehensive history is required to guide testing and interpret the results.
Turnaround time: 
14 working days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). To prevent sample haemolysis please store samples in refrigerator if a delay in sending samples to CSR is unavoidable.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 04/12/2017