Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Swab, nasal Test in Kenya

Brief Description

A nasal swab, is a test that checks forvirusesandbacteriathat cause respiratory infections.



Patient Preparation

No special preparations are required

Sample Type

Nasal swab

Sample volume

One swab

Sample collection Container

Swab in Liquid Stuart Media

Sample collection instructions

The swab tip must be carefully inserted into the patient's nostril up to 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the edge of the nares. Its rolled several times. The same swab should be inserted into the second nostril and sampling repeated.

Sample storage

Maintained at room temperature (15C to 25C) for 48 hours or refrigerate at 2C to 8C for five day

Reference range


Results Turnaround

1 - 3 days after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

Growth on culture may indicate a specific infection such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRS) infections, COVID-19