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Utah Public Health Laboratory

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Culture

Fee: Please refer to fee schedule

Ordering Recommendation



Monday - Friday


Shell Vial, FA staining


3-10 Days

Specimen Required

  • Collect: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), throat swab, tissue, or urine
  • Specimen Preparation:
    • Fluid: Transfer to sterile, leak-proof container (2mL). Transfer to virual transport media.
    • Swabs or Tissue: Place in viral transport media (M4)
  • Storage/Transport Conditions: Refrigerated. Specimen must be received in our lab within 72 hours of collection.
  • Unacceptable Conditions: CSF, rectal swab, stool, calcium alginate, dry, or wood swabs.
  • Remarks: Place each specimen in a separate, individually sealed bag.


Negative or Positive

Interpretive Data




Cross References