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Vomitus for Norovirus testing
  • Testing will be performed for outbreak investigations only.
  • Specimens should be obtained during the acute phase of the illness (within 48-72 hours of onset) while viral shedding is at its highest.
  • Collect specimen in a clean bed pan, new gallon Ziploc bag, or a clean Tupperware container. Do NOT submit vomitus contaminated with toilet water, toilet paper, or tissues.
  • Transfer specimen into a clean, dry container (multiple Ziploc baggies).
  • Transport at 2-8°C.
  • Refer to Stool collection sheet for further collection, storage and shipment information.

If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call

NPHL Client Services at 402-559-2440 or toll free at 1-866-290-1406.