Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza ( HPAI ) ( Avian Flu ) ( H5N1 )



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Fever >38C Or History of fever and Respiratory Symptoms OR Death from unexplained respiratory Illness AND History of travel in 7 days prior to onset to an area affected by avian influenza and close contact with live or dead domestic fowl OR Close contact wilth similar severe respiratory OR Health care worker, part of a cluster of severe unexplained respiratory illness OR Lab worker with potential exposure to H5N1.

Sample Type

Thraot swab X2 + Nose Swab X2, Clotted Blood Sample, NPA, BAL

Turnaround Time

Within 1 day

Testing Frequency

As required

External Notes

Refer to Clinical assessment Reference Laboratory will only process samples once a complete clinical risk assessment has been performed : Contact Consultant Clinical Virologist On Call via NGH Swithch board.



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Leeanne Tovey BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, MSc Medical Microbiology

Acting Lead Laboratory Manager - Microbiology & Virology

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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza ( HPAI ) ( Avian Flu ) ( H5N1 )