Not recommended for diagnosing acute West Nile infection. May be useful for determining past infections/exposure.
- Patient Preparation
- Serum separator tube.
- Specimen Preparation
- Separate serum from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.15 mL) Parallel testing is preferred and convalescent specimens must be received within 30 days from receipt of the acute specimens. Mark specimen plainly as "acute" or "convalescent."
- Storage/Transport Temperature
- Unacceptable Conditions
- Contaminated, heat-inactivated, hemolyzed, or severely lipemic specimens.
- After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)
1.30-1.49 IV: Equivocal - Questionable presence of West Nile virus IgG antibody detected. Repeat testing in 10-14 days may be helpful.
1.50 IV or greater: Positive - Presence of IgG antibody to West Nile virus detected, suggestive of current or past infection.
Seroconversion between acute and convalescent sera is considered strong evidence of current or recent infection. The best evidence for infection is a significant change on two appropriately timed specimens, where both tests are done in the same laboratory at the same time.
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|0050234||West Nile Virus Ab, IgG, Ser||38997-3|
- WNV IgG