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Nasopharyngeal aspirate (NPA) culture

Category Microbiology
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Clinical Indications

Samples should be sent to Virology if viral infections are suspected. If bacterial infection is suspected, routine culture for bacteria and fungi can be performed.

Sample & container required NPA fluid. Sterile universal container
Sample volume ≥2 mL
Transport storage Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or refrigerate overnight
Turnaround time 3 days