Test Overview
Test Methodology

RT-PCR

Reference Range *

Not detected

Test Details
Soft Order Code
MONKY
Synonyms
  • Monkeypox
Laboratory
Sendout
Reference Laboratory
MDHHS to CDC if confirmation needed
Section
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Vigorously swab or brush lesions with two separate sterile dry synthetic swabs (Including, but not limited to, polyester, nylon or Dacron) with a plastic shaft. Flocked swabs or Eswabs are acceptable. Do not use cotton swabs. At a minimum collect two specimens for preliminary and confirmatory testing. More than one lesion should be sampled, preferably from different locations on the body and/or from lesions with differing appearances. Break off end of applicator of each swab into a 1.5- or 2-mL screw-capped tube with O-ring or place each entire swab in a separate sterile container. Do not add or store in viral or universal transport media. Specimens must be handled with 6.2 dangerous goods regulations. A completed MDHHS DCH-1396, Vaccinia/Variola/Pox Virus Test Requisition form must accompany the specimen. https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/-/media/Project/Websites/mdhhs/BOL/DCH_1…

Special Handling

Specimens must be sent to MDHHS with IATA Dangerous good regulations 6.2

Normal Volume
2 dry swabs required for PCR testing at MDHHS and CDC. More than one lesion should be sampled, preferably from different locations on the body and/or from lesions with differing appearances.
Storage Temperature
Refrigerate samples (2-8°C) and store for up to 7 days. Where possible, freeze (-20°C or lower) specimens within an hour after collection. Store frozen samples for up to 60 days. Freezing is strongly recommended. Samples must be received within 60 days if frozen or 7 days if refrigerated. Send frozen.
Additional Information

Test performed by MDHHS; confirmation testing is performed by the CDC if needed. Test sent to Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS); although there is no charge for testing, MLabs charges a handling fee for processing and forwarding specimens to MDHHS.

Billing
Fee Code
20230
LOINC
41853-3
NY State Approved
No