Testing for Swine Influenza (Updated Guidance May 1, 2009)

Due to the high volume of swine influenza test requests and limited testing supplies, only specimens from patients meeting the following criteria are being accepted by University Hygienic Laboratory (UHL) for influenza PCR testing:

  1. Patients with an influenza-like illness (ILI*) who within 7 days of onset have traveled to or reside in a community either within the United States** or internationally where there are one or more confirmed swine influenza A (H1N1) cases, OR

  2. Patients admitted to the hospital with an ILI*.

*Influenza-like illness (ILI) is defined as fever (temperature of 100˚F [37.8˚C] or greater) and a cough and/or a sore throat in the absence of a known cause other than influenza.

**As of 5/1/09, Iowa counties affected by A (H1N1) include Clinton, Des Moines, Johnson, Muscatine, and Marshall.

Providers are now required to submit both the UIHC Microbiology requisition and the UHL requisition (documenting the criteria in the patient history section) to the UIHC Microbiology Lab. The UHL requisition is available at: http://www.uhl.uiowa.edu/kitsquotesforms/vdvbpcrrequestform.pdf. The UHL will reject specimens that do not have the section completed or do not meet the testing criteria. The specimen will be saved for 7 days waiting for more information.

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