Please fill in entirely the request form from the NRC for all analysis requests. You can download it below.
Hepatitis A Virus (HAV)
LOINC Code : 97523-5
PCR in house.
The protocol used is based on https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcv.2014.06.027 (Kodani et al. 2014. Rapid and sensitive approach to simultaneous detection of genomes of hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses, Journal of Clinical Virology, 61 (2): 260-264).
In case of an undetermined result, the collection and the shipment of a second sample is recommended.
Cq value is given for information purposes. It does not give any information on the viral load. The more a Cq value is high, the less the viral load is high and vice-versa.
Non accredited assay.
Aim of the assay
HAV RNA detection by PCR.
Diagnosis of an active HAV infection in a patient presenting with symptoms of hepatitis.
Patient with symptoms of hepatitis and/or abnormal lab values.
The requesting lab must mention the clinical details suggestive of an infectious hepatitis on the request form.
Instructions related to sample
Oracol® sampling kit is available for 10 €. The request has to be made by e-mail to LMM@sciensano.be.
Conservatory and shipment conditions :
Conservation at 4°C before shipment.
Shipment at ambient temperature as soon as possible in a hermetic three layer package.
Requested quantities :
Please consult the instructions provided with Oracol® sampling kit.
Sample with insufficient volume.
TAT : 7 opening days
An analysis report can be sent by regular mail, e-mail, fax ou eHealth Box for each analysis request.