NCSLPH tests for norovirus (NV) during outbreak situations only. Local health departments should contact the N.C. Communicable Disease Branch (CDB) epidemiologists (919-733-3419) of the North Carolina Division of Public Health when enteric disease outbreaks are suspected in a day care center, nursing home, or restaurant.
To ensure that the event is eligible for outbreak investigation and testing, contact the Communicable Disease Branch (CDB) epidemiologists (919-733-3419) for approval. After approval by the CDB epidemiologists, submit one stool specimen for each patient from at least five, but no more than ten outbreak associated patients and request NV testing, using the DHHS form 3390 (PDF, 159 KB), Enteric Bacteriology. For NV testing, stool specimens should be submitted in commercially available enteric transport medium such as Cary-Blair Transport Medium, ETM™, or Para-Pak® Enteric Plus Transport System. (Note: Cary-Blair transport medium for collection of feces may also be purchased from the laboratory mailroom on-line at https://slphreporting.ncpublichealth.com/labportal/.
To ship specimens to the NCSLPH, place completed Enteric Bacteriology DHHS form 3390 (PDF, 161 KB), one form for each specimen, in the outer container to avoid contamination in case of breakage or leakage. Follow all relevant packaging and shipping requirements. Unlabeled specimens will not be tested.
See also: Microbiology