Preferred initial test to detect human metapneumovirus (hMPV) in children and adults.
Direct Fluorescent Antibody Stain
This test is New York DOH approved.
- Patient Preparation
- Respiratory specimen: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), nasopharyngeal (aspirate, swab, or washing), or tracheal aspirate.
- Specimen Preparation
- Do not freeze.
Fluid: Transfer specimen to a sterile container. Also acceptable: Transfer to viral transport media (ARUP supply #12884). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Swab: Place in viral transport media.
Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.
- Storage/Transport Temperature
- Unacceptable Conditions
- Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry, or wood swabs. Slides.
- Specimen source preferred.
- Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable
Sensitivity of DFA methodology is dependent upon adequacy of the specimen. If there are fewer than 20 cells, the DFA result will be reported as "sample inadequate."
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name|
|0060778||Human Metapneumovirus DFA|
|0060789||Human Metapneumovirus DFA Source|
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- Antigen detection
- Direct detection