Nasopharyngeal aspirate (NPA) culture
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|