Sample Required • Nasopharyngeal swab• Nasopharyngeal aspirate (NPA)• Pernasal swab (9PNSCS)
Sample Container • Amies transport medium containing charcoal for both nasopharyngeal and pernasal samples • Sterile universal container for NPA samples with a minimum volume of 1 mL
Transport/Storage Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or store overnight at room temperature
Turnaround Time 7-10 days
Notes Samples may be referred to the Atypical Pathogens Unit, Public Health England, for further investigation.