This real-time polymerase chain reaction test provides qualitative detection of non-variola Orthopoxvirus (ie, monkeypox) DNA in swab specimens of skin or genital lesions present in individuals with suspected monkeypox.
Additional Information: Source information should include anatomical site of collection. Each lesion should be ordered separately. To avoid cross contamination, do not combine multiple sites into one order.
2 - 5 days
1. Swab or brush the lesion vigorously (not obtaining adequate DNA can result in inconclusive results) with 2 sterile swabs.
2. Place both swabs in same 1 tube containing VTM.
3. Do not send swabs in glass tubes, vacutainer tubes, tubes with push caps, or paper swab sleeves.
4. Refrigerate specimens within 1 hour after collection.
Glass transport tubes
Swabs submitted in paper swab packaging sleeve
Swabs submitted in UTM (universal transport media)
Foam tipped swabs
Test performed by Mayo Clinic Laboratories