Tests and Services Manual: Virus Serology

ARBOVIRUS ANTIBODY—WEST NILE VIRUS ANTIBODY IgM Specimen: ≥1mL CSF
  Method: EIA Capture Assay
Turn Around Time: 3 days during West Nile Season
Special Requirements: Frozen/Frozen-dry ice (CSF Only): Contact the Bureau of Communicable Disease (347) 396-2600 for submission instructions
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
HAV IgM Testing Specimen: Red top tube, serum separator tube containing 7-10ml of whole blood, plasma preparation tube.
  Method: MONOLISA HAV IgM EIA
Turn Around Time: 1-3 days
Special Requirements: Specimens must be kept refrigerated 2-8C for up to 48 hours and frozen if >48 after collection.

Contact the Bureau of Communicable Disease at (347) 396-2600 for submission requirements.
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
MEASLES (IgG) ANTIBODY Specimen: 10 ml of blood in red top tube or 3-4  ml of serum
  Method: EIA
Turn Round Ime: 2-7 days
Special Requirements: 2-8°C; Contact the Bureau of Immunization (212)-676-2313 for submission instructions
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
MEASLES (IgM) ANTIBODY Specimen: 10 ml of blood in red top tube or 3-4 ml of serum
  Method: EIA
Turn Round Ime: 3 - 7 days
Special Requirements: 2-8°C; Contact the Bureau of Immunization (212)-676-2313 for submission instructions
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
MUMPS (IgG) ANTIBODY Specimen: 10 ml of blood in red top tube or 3-4 ml of serum
  Method:

EIA

Turn Round Ime: 3 - 7 days
Special Requirements: 2-8°C; Contact the Bureau of Immunization (212)-676-2313 for submission instructions
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
MUMPS (IgM) ANTIBODY Specimen: 10 ml of blood in red top tube or 3-4 ml of serum
Method: EIA
Turn Around Ime: 3 - 7 days
Special Requirements: 2-8°C; Contact the Bureau of Immunization (212)-676-2313 for submission instructions
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
RUBELLA IgG ANTIBODY (IMMUNE STATUS) Specimen: 10 ml of blood in red top tube or 3-4 ml of serum
  Method: EIA
Turn Around Time: 3 - 7 days
Special Requirements: 2-8°C; Contact the Bureau of Immunization (212)-676-2313 for submission instructions
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
RUBELLA IgM ANTIBODY Specimen:

10 ml of blood in red top tube or 3-4 ml of serum

  Method: EIA
Turn Around Time: 2-7 days
Special Requirements: 2-8°C; Contact the Bureau of Immunization (212)-676-2313 for submission instructions
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
SPECIAL REFERRALS TO CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) or NEW YORK STATE LABS, ALBANY, NY Specimen: Tube of serum 3-5 ml or tube of clotted blood (5- 10 ml)
  Method: Referred to CDC/NYS
Turn Around Time: Minimum 1-4 weeks
Special Requirements: Contact the Bureau of Communicable Disease (347) 396-2600 for submission instructions; Requires CDC/NYS history form supplied by the Public Health Laboratory.
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
VARICELLA-ZOSTER IgG ANTIBODY Specimen:

10 ml of blood in red top tube or 3-4 ml of serum

  Method: EIA
Turn Around Time: 3 - 7 days
Special Requirements: 2-8°C ; Contact the Bureau of Immunization (212)-676-2313 for submission instructions
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
VARICELLA-ZOSTER IgM ANTIBODY Specimen: 10 ml of blood in red top tube or 3-4 ml of serum
  Method: EIA
Turn Around Time: 3 - 7 days
Special Requirements: 2-8°C; Contact the Bureau of Immunization (212)-676-2313 for submission instructions
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Service (PDF)
ZIKA VIRUS IgM Specimen: Human serum
  Method: DiaSorin LIAISON XL Zika Capture IgM
Turn Around Time: 3-5 days
Special Requirements: Call the Provider Access Line 1-866-692-3641 for submission requirements, test order, and specimen collection.

Specimen must be collected in Serum Separation Tubes (SST) or red top tubes and spun down within six hours. Pour off and submit serum, discard the clot. Specimens that are not centrifuged immediately should be refrigerated immediately. Serum can be shipped with cold icepacks. Store specimens at 4°C prior to testing.

If unable to centrifuge, specimens must be collected by 11 am on weekdays only. Hold specimens in a refrigerator (2-8˚C) or on cold packs. Ship to PHL on cold packs. Specimens must arrive at PHL by 2 pm and within 6 hours of collection on a weekday/non-holidays.

See the Instructions for Submission of Serum and Urine Specimens for Zika Virus Testing for NYC Residents (PDF) for further guidance.
Laboratory Test Request Form: Call Provider Access Line 1-866-692-3641 to order testing.