Beginning right this moment, Quest Diagnostics will start testing for monkeypox. The corporate has developed a real-time polymerase chain response (PCR) take a look at that makes use of affected person swab specimens to qualitatively detect non-variola orthpoxviruses and monkeypox virus DNA. The take a look at is now obtainable to healthcare suppliers nationwide (besides in New York)*.
Quest can be verifying CDC’s orthopoxvirus take a look at and plans to make it obtainable to healthcare suppliers within the first half of August.
Quest will provide monkeypox virus testing on the firm’s superior laboratory in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and may settle for specimens from wherever within the nation.* Quest’s testing will proceed to extend the present capability offered by CDC’s Laboratory Response Community (LRN), Labcorp, and Mayo Clinic Laboratories, offering testing capability of as much as 60,000 specimens per week by the tip of July.
On June 22, HHS introduced that 5 industrial laboratory corporations would quickly start providing monkeypox testing. Since then, CDC has shipped the exams to the laboratories and their staff have been skilled on their administration, amongst different steps.
Anybody with a rash that appears like monkeypox ought to speak to their healthcare supplier about whether or not they should get examined, even when they don’t suppose they’d contact with somebody who has monkeypox. Healthcare suppliers can order monkeypox virus testing from Quest as they usually would order different exams. Individuals looking for testing for monkeypox should seek the advice of with their healthcare supplier first; they can’t individually go to a Quest lab, submit a specimen, and request testing. Quest will use digital laboratory reporting to report outcomes to jurisdictions as outlined within the CDC reporting steering.
CDC anticipates extra industrial laboratories will come on-line within the coming days, and monkeypox testing capability will proceed to extend all through the remainder of this month and into August. Healthcare suppliers can entry info on Quest’s take a look at at https://www.questdiagnostics.com/healthcare-professionals/about-our-tests/infectious-diseases/monkeypox**. The newest CDC info on monkeypox is accessible at www.cdc.gov/monkeypox.
*The service is predicted to be obtainable in New York at a later date, pending the state’s evaluation.
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