Cytomegalovirus (CMV) – Change in Testing

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) – Change in Testing

Effective June 11, 2018 a PCR test for CMV will be implemented at Public Health Ontario (PHO) Laboratory. This PCR test (Altona RealStar® CMV PCR Kit 1.0) will replace the previous CMV EA testing in shell vial culture. The PCR test has been validated for qualitative detection of CMV. The reason for this change is that the previous test used at PHO Laboratory for the identification of CMV (the Cytomegalovirus Immediate Early Antigen (CMV EA) confirmatory stain test kit) will no longer be manufactured.


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