Item Value
Test name Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Available Stat? No
Performed by State Viral & Rickettsial Disease Laboratory
Normal range
Container type Swabs in viral transport media, Gold top, stool in urine cup, fluid in Red top or other sterile container.
Amount to Collect Blood 10 mL
Stool 50 mL
Collection Instructions Before submitting specimens for SARS testing, clinicians who suspect cases of SARS are requested to report such cases to UCSF Infection Control at 476-5793 and San Francisco Communicable Disease Control Unit at (415)554-2830.

Contact UCSF Microbiology Laboratory (3-1268) to obtain the Unexplained Pneumonia Screening form for specimen submission, and to facilitate transport of specimens to San Francisco DPH Laboratory.

Both upper respiratory (nasopharyngeal swab or wash) and blood are required samples. Stool and lower respiratory samples may also be submitted but are not required.
Sample type Nasopharyngeal swab or wash, Serum, Stool or rectal swab, BAL, trachael aspirate, pleural fluid.

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667