VRID2 - Specimen: Culture Referred for Identification, Virus

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: VRID2    
Culture Referred for Identification, Virus

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Advisory Information

Suspected isolates of the following viruses will not be accepted at Mayo medical Laboratories and should be submitted directly to your state health department or the CDC for confirmatory testing:



Ebola and other causative agents of viral hemorrhagic fevers

Avian influenza

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Necessary Information

1. Specimen source is required and must include anatomical site of original specimen collected.

2. Isolate description is required. Include morphology and list any previous tests performed.

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.

Supplies: Infectious Container, Large (T146)

Specimen Type: Pure culture of organism from source cultured

Container/Tube: Cell (viral) culture tube

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. Organism must be in pure culture, actively growing.

2. Completely fill culture tube with appropriate culture medium before shipment.

3. Place specimen in a large infectious container (T146) and label as an etiologic agent/infectious substance.

Additional Information: See Infectious Specimen Shipping Guidelines in Special Instructions for shipping information.

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








Agar plate

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

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesAmbient (preferred)