This assay will detect Avian Influenza (positive for Influenza A), however, if confirmation of the Avian Influenza specifically is required, the provider will need to work with the MN Department of Health directly to arrange for typing.
Please have patient blow their nose prior to NP and nasal collections. Excessive mucus is known inhibitor/interfering substance for molecular testing.
Effective 11/2022 - For Allina Health Clinic Ambulatory patients only:
Hologic Direct Load Tube
Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab collection:
Use the mini-tip NP swab included with the COPAN UTM-RT
New England Journal of Medicine video on NP swab collection: Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection Video
For Allina Health Clinic Ambulatory patients:
The Hologic Direct Load Tube allows for Nasal/OP collection using the pink proprietary swab.
Hologic Direct Load Tube - Allina Health Clinic Ambulatory Patients only
Hologic Direct Load Tube - (Allina Health Clinic Ambulatory)
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
When to order the Influenza A/B/H1N1 PCR:
Excessive mucus is a known inhibitor/interfering substance for molecular tests. Review specimen tab for patient preparation.