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Test ID: FHMPV    
Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV) RNA

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Submit only one of the following:


Nasopharyngeal swab:

3 mL M4 media, V-C-M medium (green-cap) or equivalent UTM shipped refrigerate.


Nasopharyngeal aspirate:

0.7 mL shipped refrigerate


Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL):

0.7 mL shipped refrigerate



Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

Nasopharyngeal swab: 2 mL

Nasopharyngeal aspirate or Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL): 0.3 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Specimens other than

Nasopharyngeal swab, nasopharyngeal aspirate, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)

Anticoagulants other than





Warm reject; Cold OK





Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Frozen 30 days