Molecular Detection of Molluscum contagiosum virus

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Amplification of Molluscum contagiosum genome.

Test Category:
Molecular Detection
Molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV)
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Molluscum contagiosum

Lesion or crust fluid/material.

Collection Method:

Sample can be collected as a dry swab or added to a minimum volume of viral transport media, avoid excessive dilution of the sample.

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Store samples refrigerated or frozen until shipped for testing. Ship frozen samples on dry ice, and refrigerated samples 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 lesions consistent with Molluscum contagiosum infection.

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 and travel history. Indicate type of specimen collected and all specimen information. If possible, attach lab results that have already been done at local or provincial laboratories.


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

Methods and Interpretation of Results:

For laboratory diagnosis of infection, Molluscum contagiosum DNA must be detected by PCR.

Turnaround Time:

14 calendar days.

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