Patient & Visitor Alert: Because flu cases are on the rise, starting February 24, children 12 and younger
will be restricted from visiting hospitals and certain inpatient facilities throughout Carolinas HealthCare System. Learn more.

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FAQs for Microbiology Mycology and Virology

What is the specimen of choice for viral respiratory direct fluorescent antibody testing?
The specimen of choice is a nasal wash. If the only means of collection is a swab, however make sure that it is kept in a culturette and is moist upon receipt.