Sign in →

Test ID NBLD0242 Viral Culture

Container Type

Universal Transport Media (UTM)
Sterile Container

Specimen Type/Requirements

Nasal Washings – in UTM
Stool – in UTM
Urine – in UTM
CSF – in sterile container
Amniotic Fluid – in sterile container
Throat – in UTM
Eye exudate – in UTM
Tissue biopsy – in UTM
Vesicular fluid – in UTM


Prior to innoculation – Room Temp – 4 hours

Viral innoculation of UTM - Refrigerated – 4 days
CSF/Amniotic Fluid stable 4 days refrigerated. Do NOT place in UTM.

Interfering Substances

Hemolysis: NA
Lipemia: NA

Transport Temperature



General directions for Universal transport media preparation as follows:

Send media refrigerated.

Indicate Source.

Wooden swabs, swabs with calcium alginate or cotton tips are unacceptable.


For nasal washings, place 0.5-1.0 mL in 3.0 mL vial of universal transport media.

For Stools, place pea size amount in 3.0 mL vial of universal transport media.

For Urine, place 3.0 mL of urine in a 3.0 mL vial of universal transport media AND send an additional 2-4 mL of urine in sterile container.

For CSF or amniotic fluid, DO NOT put CSF or amniotic fluid in transport media- send straight.
Submit a minimum of 1.0 – 2.0 mL in sterile container.


Virus listing with sources (in alphabetical order):


  • Adenovirus: CSF, eye exudate, nasopharyngeal washing, stool, throat, or urine.
  • Coxsackie A & B: CSF, pericardial fluid, stool, throat, or vesicular fluid
  • Echovirus: CSF, pericardial fluid, stool, throat, or vesicular fluid
  • Enterovirus: CSF, pericardial fluid, stool, throat, or vesicular fluid
  • Herpes simplex: Brain, CSF, eye exudate, genital, throat swab, tissue biopsy, or vesicular fluid
  • Influenza A & B: Nasopharyngeal washing or throat swab
  • Parainfluenza 1, 2, 3, 4: Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab or washing, throat swab
  • Poliovirus: CSF, stool, or throat swab
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Not recommended if specimen transport requires greater than 30 minutes to the laboratory.



Performed Test Frequency

Monday through Sunday





Performing Lab

Sanford Sioux Falls

Additional Information

NOTE: Molecular Methods (e.g.PCR) are recommended for the following:
Herpes Simplex Virus – Order code NBLD0132
Varicella Zoster Virus – Order code NBLD0361
Enterovirus – Order code NBLD5038
Meningitits/Encephalitis Panel – Code NBLD0536 includes
Herpes Simplex Virus, Varicella Zoster Virus and Enterovirus

Analytical Time

Genital: 7 days

Other: 14 days