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Chikungunya virus

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology


4ml clotted blood (1ml if paediatric), red top,

Specific travel and exposure history with dates and length of stay MUST be provided. Please state if rural areas visited and/or animal exposure


Turnaround Time:

3-5 working days

Blood test to detect Chikungunya virus, viral nucleic acid, or virus-specific immunoglobulin (Ig) M . During the first 8 days of illness, chikungunya viral RNA can often be identified in serum. Chikungunya virus antibodies normally develop toward the end of the first week of illness.

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 hours are undesirable

Measurement units: Not applicable
Clinical decision points: Interpretive comments included in report
Factors known to significantly affect results: Haemolysis
Reference Lab: Porton Down