Dengue Virus Serology

This test is referred to another lab outside our network
This does not affect where samples are sent and where your results are issued.
Sample sent to PHE Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL), Porten Down for Denguevirus antibody testing. Denguevirus antibodies particularly IgM, and nucleic acid detection techniques are useful in the diagnosis of suspected acute symptomatic Dengue infection ( see clinical details ). If clinically indicated a convalescent sample may be diagnostically useful. This assay is available routinely Mon to Fri.
Clinical details: 
Denguevirus infection is the commonest insect / arthropod born infection of Humans. It occurs in tropical and sub-tropical regions and is most commonly a self limiting febrile illness commonly presenting with arthralgia and a transient rash and may have a bi-phasic pattern. Mortality is less than 1% overall but severe manifestations can occur including shock and haemorrhage. Patient often have a thrombocytopenia which may be marked and a mild leukopenia and transaminitis. It is important to consider malaria as an alternative diagnosis.
Sample type and Volume required: 
2.5 – 5ml Yellow Top Serum Separation Tube (SST) Clotted Blood (for serum).
Turnaround time: 
14 working days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). To prevent sample haemolysis please store samples in refrigerator if a delay in sending samples to CSR is unavoidable.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 04/12/2017