Epstein Barr virus viral load (Molecular Microbiology)
Collection container (including preservatives):
CE marked leak proof container
Specimen type: EDTA blood
Specimen transport: Ambient or refrigerated
Minimum volume of sample: 500µl
Special precautions: If processing is delayed,
refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature.
Delays of over 48hr are undesirable.
Measurement units: Copies/mL
Turn round time for provisional result (working
days): 2 days
Turn round time to final result (working days):
Clinical decision points: Not applicable
Factors known to significantly affect the
results: False negative results may occur for a variety of
reasons, for example inappropriate timing of sample collection,
inappropriate sample, presence of virus below the detectable limit
of the assay. New and emerging variants may also occur which may
not be detected by this assay. Towards the limit of detection of an
assay sampling variation will result in lower reproducibility.