Health Guidance for novel coronavirus (nCoV)


Interim Advice for Health Professionals

PHLN guidance on laboratory testing

Laboratory testing in suspected human cases


Infection Control precautions and precautions for specimen collection:

Infection prevention and control during health care when infection is suspected



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Corona Virus
January 30, 2020

The number of cases reported globally due to nCoV are rising. However, no confirmed cases have been reported in New Zealand by the MOH to date. The situation is being monitored closely and information is being updated on a regular basis. Any patient in primary care who is suspected of having 2019 nCoV infection and being considered for testing should be discussed and approved by the local Public…

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MDRO Screens
November 18, 2019

A continuing rise in multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) in New Zealand has led to increased demand for MDRO screens, particularly with the recent emergence of CPEs. MDRO screens include screening for one or more of the following: Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) Vancomycin resistant Enterococci (VRE) Carbapenemase producing…

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Sputum Cytology Specimens
November 11, 2019

In a recent review of processes, we now respectfully request any sputum cytology be sent as a separate sputum sample with a separate laboratory form, and not combined with other requests such as Microbiology microscopy, culture and susceptibilities (M,C, & S), and/or mycobacterial culture, etc. on the same specimen. Cytology (3 specimens – different days), separate specimens and laboratory form…

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