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Parechovirus by RT-PCR - Blood

Alternate test name

Echovirus 22, Echovirus 23

Gene name / Alternate gene name

VP0/VP1 region

Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
Within 4 days
Specimen type
  • Whole blood
Specimen requirements
  • Whole blood (EDTA) - 1 mL minimum for 1 test, 3-5 mL recommended for multiple tests.
Storage and transportation
  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs
Special requirements

Testing limited to children < 1 year of age. 

For testing on children >1year old, please contact the Microbiologist on-call through locating at 416-813-7500 for approval.


Background and clinical significance

Testing limited to children < 1 year of age.

Disease condition
Neonatal sepsis
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