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GeneXpert Covid-19 SARS-CoV-2/Flu/RSV PCR

Ordering Information

Consider using this test for patients presenting with fever and respiratory symptoms where urgent turn around time is required. 

This test will detect one or more of the following:

  • SARS-CoV-2 RNA
  • Influenza A RNA
  • Influenza B RNA
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) DNA


Please refer to Covid PCR or Respiratory Pathogens PCR for standard ordering. Investigate and manage patients for respiratory illness using standard practices.

Molecular Diagnostics - Infectious
See collection instructions
Swab - Viral Transport Media (VTM)
Collection Instruction
Collect at room temperature
Additional Collection Instructions

Urgent sample. Collect DEDICATED Nasopharyngeal and/or oropharyngeal (throat) swab.  Transport to the laboratory as soon as sample is collected.

All staff performing collection should be trained in this procedure and should use the appropriate PPE including gloves, mask, gown and goggles.

Minimum Adult Volume
Minimum Paediatric Volume
As required