Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests
Swab, nasal Test in Kenya
Brief DescriptionA nasal swab, is a test that checks for viruses and bacteria that cause respiratory infections.
SynonymsMRSA NAA, MRSA PCR
Patient PreparationNo special preparations are required
Sample TypeNasal swab
Sample volumeOne swab
Sample collection ContainerSwab in Liquid Stuart Media
Sample collection instructionsThe 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 storageMaintained at room temperature (15°C to 25°C) for 48 hours or refrigerate at 2°C to 8°C for five day
Results Turnaround1 - 3 days after receipt of samples
Diseases / Diagnostic IndicatorsGrowth on culture may indicate a specific infection such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRS) infections, COVID-19