01/29/2020: Lab Advisory: Published Assay Information for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Advisory

Published Assay Information for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

This message is to ensure that clinical laboratories are aware that CDC has published instructions for use of a “Real-Time RT-PCR Panel for Detection 2019-Novel Coronavirus,” and “2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-time rRT-PCR Panel Primers and Probes.”

These documents provide information about specimen collection from patients under investigation (PUI) for human infections with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), as well as specimen handling and storage guidance. These documents describe procedures and/or reagents derived thereof that are intended to be used for the purposes of respiratory virus surveillance and research.

At this time, diagnostic testing for 2019-nCoV can only be conducted at CDC. Clinical laboratories should NOT attempt viral isolation from specimens collected from 2019-nCoV PUIs. Clinical laboratories should contact their state health departments for guidance if they have a suspect specimen.

Find out more about Guidelines for Clinical Specimens from CDC, such as specimen type and collection, and shipping specimens to CDC.

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If you have any questions, please contact us at LOCS@cdc.gov.

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