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Respiratory Pathogen PCR Testing

Respiratory Pathogen PCR Testing


In Australia, the arrival of the winter months often sees a spike in respiratory disease among the population, with the young, elderly and patients with compromised cardiac, pulmonary or immune systems at greatest risk of serious disease.

Approximately 15% of pneumonias in children are caused by Parainfluenza Virus whilst an additional 20% are due to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection. RSV is the most commonly identified agent in 75% of children under two years of age who are hospitalised for bronchiolitis. Early identification is vital to support more timely clinical management and minimise progression to more serious illness.

Australian Clinical Labs is now offering a rapid respiratory viral assay that detects 10 viral respiratory pathogens improving identification of the causative agent, allowing the clinician to instigate appropriate treatment in a more timely manner.

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What to request: “Rapid Flu” “Respiratory Viral Screen” “Multiplex PCR”
Turnaround time: 24 hrs - Urgent 24 hrs - Urgent > 24 hrs
Tests included: Influenza A & B Influenza A & B Influenza A & B
  RSV (A&B) RSV (A&B) RSV (A&B)
    Parainfluenza 1, 2, 3, & 4 Parainfluenza 1, 2 & 3
    Human Metapneumovirus Human Metapneumovirus
    Human Adenovirus Human Adenovirus
    Human Rhinovirus Human Enterovirus/Rhinovirus
      Mycoplasma pneumoniae
      Bordetella pertussis
      Bordetella parapertussis

Flu A & B:   99.3% Sensitivity   Specificity 98%

Benefits to the patient

Assists in the specific and differential diagnosis of acute respiratory tract infections.
• Increased assay specificity and sensitivity improves the accuracy and speed of diagnosis.
• Enables the clinician to instigate earlier targeted treatment of viral or bacterial infections avoiding inappropriate antibiotic therapy.

Test ordering

Our rapid respiratory viral assay is performed daily, 7 days a week, during flu outbreaks. To assist the laboratory during flu outbreaks, please limit testing to suspected pathogens to ensure rapid result delivery.

If influenza or RSV testing is required, urgently order “Rapid Flu”.

If investigation for bacterial respiratory infective agents is required, please specify “Multiplex PCR”.

Samples required (One of the below)

• Nose/throat or nasopharyngeal swab(s) (must use dry flocked swab) or
• Nasopharyngeal/tracheal aspirates or
• Sputum


Medicare bulk billing available and subject to Medicare guidelines and criteria.