Specimen referral

All specimens from AFP cases and enterovirus isolates for testing and identification should be forwarded to the Enterovirus Reference Laboratory at VIDRL.

Samples must be safely packaged to ensure there is no leakage in transit. Sufficient ice bricks should be included to keep the contents chilled in case of delays in delivery.

Shipments sent by air must adhere to airline safety regulations as specified for:
· UN2814 infectious substance category A, IATA packing instruction 620
· UN3373 biological substance category B, IATA packing instruction 650

For further details on shipping refer to the WHO publication on guidelines for safe transport:

An AFP Laboratory Request form must accompany the specimen shipment.

Shipment Labelling Instructions and Laboratory Contact Details are available from the downloads area