Dacron-tipped buccal swab
Collect specimen within 3 days and no longer than 10 days after symptom onset.
To obtain a buccal swab, massage the parotid gland area (the space between the cheek and teeth inside the mouth just below the ear) on each side of the face for about 30 seconds prior to collection of the buccal secretions.
Use a Dacron-tipped swab and rub the inside of each cheek with the same swab for about 10 seconds.
Sweep the swab between the upper and lower molar areas on each side of the mouth.
Ensure that the swab is moist with saliva when finishing swabbing and place swab in a tube containing 2-3 mls of viral transport media.
Store specimens at 4ºC.
Transport specimen to the laboratory on cold packs as soon as possible.
Testing is performed on an as-needed basis.
Results will be available 1-2 days after receiving the specimen.
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