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Accreditations

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    CLIA Certificate of Compliance for High Complexity Clinical Laboratory
  • EPA Environmental Protection Agency
    Ambient Air and Drinking Water Testing
  • Food Science Laboratories are accredited by ANAB to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Testing Laboratories
  • Forensic Science Laboratories are accredited by ANAB to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Testing Laboratories
    Federal Bureau of Investigations DNA Analysis & CODIS
  • Rhode Island Department of Health - In-State Analytical Laboratory Certificate
  • Rhode Island Department of Health - In-State Clinical Laboratory License

About

Information for

Programs

Publications

Regulations

Partners

Accreditations

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    CLIA Certificate of Compliance for High Complexity Clinical Laboratory
  • EPA Environmental Protection Agency
    Ambient Air and Drinking Water Testing
  • Food Science Laboratories are accredited by ANAB to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Testing Laboratories
  • Forensic Science Laboratories are accredited by ANAB to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Testing Laboratories
    Federal Bureau of Investigations DNA Analysis & CODIS
  • Rhode Island Department of Health - In-State Analytical Laboratory Certificate
  • Rhode Island Department of Health - In-State Clinical Laboratory License

Clinical Specimen Submission Guidance

Submit all specimens to 50 Orms St, Providence RI 02904. Open Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Arbovirus
Lab Special Pathogens & Biothreats Laboratory 401-222-5586
Pathogen

Powassan Virus

Disease Powassan
Test Description

Arboviral Encephalitis request that is sent to CDC for testing.

Special Instructions

Consult with the RIDOH Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology (401) 222-2577 for approval prior to transporting specimens.

Specimen

0.5 mL of serum and/or 1.0 mL of CSF is required for serology testing. Specimen must be kept cold at 2° - 8° C or frozen at <-20° C.

Acute 3 to 10 days after onset of symptoms

Convalescent 2-3 weeks after acute sample

Virus isolation and/or nucleic amplification testing, acceptable specimens are fresh frozen tissue, serum, or cerebrospinal fluid. Tissue specimens should be approximately 1 x 3 cm, frozen as soon as possible at -70° C

CLIA regulations require two patient identifiers on the specimen container and the test requisition.

Form Required

Rhode Island State Health Laboratories (RISHL) test requisition form

Test Request

Write "Arbovirus Powassan" testing under Comments/Other test requests.

Transport

Transport specimens within 48 hours of collection

Specimens must be transported on wet ice or equivalent cooling material and packaged in accordance with current federal shipping regulations.

Containers specifically labeled for transport of specimens to the RISHL STI & Arbovirus Laboratory are available in all Serology Laboratories and Laboratory Sendout Departments.

Integrity Non-hemolyzed
Normal Value Negative
Reporting Requirement Providers must report patient information on Powassan immediately using the RIDOH reportable disease form.
Turnaround Time

Testing at CDC can take upwards of 3 weeks

Arbovirus
Lab STI & Arbovirus Laboratory 401-222-5591
Pathogen West Nile Virus
Disease West Nile Virus
Test Description

An enzyme-linked immunosorbent capture assay to detect IgM antibodies to West Nile Virus.

All other requests for arbovirus testing are sent to CDC.

Special Instructions

Consult with the RIDOH Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology (401) 222-2577 for approval prior to transporting specimens.

Specimen

Serum: minimum 5 mL collected in red top tube

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF): minimum 2 mL collected aseptically.

Acute serum and CSF should be collected within the first 14 days following onset of symptoms.

Refrigerate at 2° - 8° C

Virus isolation and/or nucleic amplification testing, acceptable specimens are fresh frozen tissue, serum, or cerebrospinal fluid. Tissue specimens should be approximately 1 x 3 cm, frozen as soon as possible at -70° C

CLIA regulations require two patient identifiers on the specimen container and the test requisition.

Form Required

Rhode Island State Health Laboratories (RISHL) Test Requisition

Test Request

Write "WNV" under Comments/Other test requests

Transport

Transport specimens within 48 hours of collection.

Specimens must be transported on wet ice or equivalent cooling material and packaged in accordance with current federal shipping regulations.

Containers specifically labeled for transport of specimens to the RISHL STI & Arbovirus Laboratory are available in all Serology Laboratories and Laboratory Sendout Departments.

Integrity Non-Hemolyzed
Normal Value Negative
Reporting Requirement Providers must report patient information on West Nile Virus immediately using the RIDOH reportable disease form.
Turnaround Time

WNV: 5 Business Days

Confirmation testing performed at CDC