Molecular Detection of Cowpox Virus

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Amplification of orthopoxvirus specific genome.

Test Category:
Molecular Detection
Cowpox virus
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Cowpox

Lesion or crust fluid/material.


Collection Method:

Collect lesion or crust material in sterile 1.5-2.0 mL tube, avoid excessive dilution of samples with viral transport media.


Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Store samples in refrigerator or frozen until being shipped for testing. Ship frozen specimens on dry ice and refrigerated specimens on wet ice.


Transportation of Dangerous Goods:

Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.

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Patient Criteria:

Presence of orthopoxvirus papules or lesions.


Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Special Pathogens requisition including sender name, address and telephone number. Patient information including name or identifier, date of birth, and all relevant patient history including clinical diagnosis, underlying diseases, exposure risk and travel history. Indicate type of specimen collected and all specimen information. Select all required tests. If possible, attach lab results that have already been done at local or provincial laboratories.



All patient history must be included; sample without adequate patient history to justify testing are subject to rejection.


Methods and Interpretation of Results:

For diagnosis of orthopoxvirus infection be confirmed, one or more of the following diagnostic markers must be positive: (i) presence of orthopoxvirus DNA by PCR, (ii) isolation of orthopoxvirus.


Turnaround Time:

14 calander days.


Phone: (204) 789-6019 or (204) 789-7032
Fax: (204) 789-2140
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