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Enterovirus D68

Important Note

Confirmation testing for patients suspected of having enterovirus D68 is sent to the State Lab.  Testing can ONLY be sent with approval by Infectious Disease (469-5527).  


Please write an "Add-on Lab Test Communication" order (specifying the previously positive rhino/ento sample) for EV-D68, with documented ID approval in the text comment.




Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Specimen Type

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: RT

Storage location: CPA -20 freezer, Send Outs rack


CPA should DOE "EV-D68" as accession add-on to the original rapid resp order, if using the same sample, and give the paperwork and labels to Send-outs. Don't need to look for specimen, which is in microbiology lab.


Send-outs will notify Dr. Xuan Qin of request and communicate to ordering provider that they should contact ID for approval, if no ID approval is documented. Dr. Qin will communicate the final approval to send-outs.


Performing Laboratory

Washington State Public Health

1610 NE 150th

Shoreline, WA 98155


Phone: (206) 418-5400


Department: Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Nasal MT Swab, Nasopharyngeal Swab, Nasal Wash, BAL, CSF, Tracheal Aspirate, Sputum, Pleural Fluid, Lung Aspirate, Stool, Serum

Container(s): Univeral Transport Media for NP/MT Swab, Sterile Container for Nasal Wash or Stool, Gold SST

Preferred Vol: N/A

Minimum Vol: N/A


Note: This test can only be ordered as an add-on to samples previously reported as positive for rhino/enterovirus.

Send-out Instructions

Reference Test Name: Enterovirus D68 PCR
Reference Test Number:



Send out M through F via Delivery Express courier. Keep a copy of the Delivery Express label for our records. 



STAT Performed TAT
N Collected daily 14 d