ENCEPHALITIS PANEL

Synonyms: Viral Encephalitis Panel, Viral PCR, NYSDOH Viral Encephalitis Panel by PCR (send out)
Computer Code: (VPCR)
Specimen Collection: CSF in sterile container. Serum (red or gold top) should be collected for Arbovirus serology when the Encephalitis Panel is ordered.
Minimum Volume: 1 mL CSF
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Store at - 70°C. Transport on ice
Reference Values: No viral DNA or RNA detected. See reference laboratory report. December 1 - May 30: Adenovirus, Cytomegalovirus, Enterovirus, Epstein-Barr Virus, Herpes Simplex 1 and 2 Virus, Human Herpes Virus 6 and Varicella Zoster Virus. June 1 - November 30: Previous list of viruses plus Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus, California Serogroup Virus, Cache Valley Virus, Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus, West Nile Virus, Powassan Virus, West Nile IgM ELISA.
Lab Code: MIC
Requisition: SPEC M
Test Frequency: NA
Routine TAT: 3 weeks
Stat TAT: N/A
CPT Code(s): NA
LCD or NCD:
Methodology Used:
See Addendum XVII