Genotyping by RT-PCR<<Return to Laboratory
Genotyping of Hepatitis E virus by conventional RT-PCR followed by sequencing.
- Hepatitis E
Serum or plasma sample. Minimum volume required for serum or plasma is 1.0 mL.
Collect blood in serum separator tubes (SST) or EDTA tubes.
Store samples frozen until shipped for testing. Ship frozen on dry ice
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Suspected Hepatitis E virus infection. Serology results must show markers to the Hepatitis E virus.
Completed Viral Hepatitis and Bloodborne Pathogens requisition including sender name, address and telephone number. Patient name or identifier (referring specimen lab #), date of birth, suspected exposure, test(s) requested. Type of specimen and date collected. If possible, include the clinical history and lab results that have already been done at local or provincial laboratories.
Conventional RT PCR with several (up to five) primer sets amplifying all HEV genotypes ORF1, ORF2 and/or ORF 3 regions.
19 calendar days.
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