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Quest now offers a test to detect monkeypox virus DNA, delivering faster answers for you and your patients.

Last updated July 13, 2022

About our test

Our lab-developed molecular diagnostic test aids in the diagnosis of infection with monkeypox virus. This novel dual target test employs polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to aid in the qualitative detection of non-variola orthopoxviruses and monkeypox virus (West African clade) DNA, using swab specimens from patients presenting with an acute pustular or vesicular rash. The Quest test can differentiate monkeypox viral DNA from other non-variola orthopoxviruses in a specimen, helping to enable faster final diagnosis. Test results are intended to be used in conjunction with clinical observations and epidemiological risk factors, and should not be used as the sole basis of treatment or other patient management decisions.

Ordering, collection & results

Test name Monkeypox Virus DNA, Qualitative, Real-Time PCR
Test code 12084
Specimen Requirements Lesion swab collected in 3 mL of viral transport media (VTM) or equivalent
Collection Swab Specimens for Monkeypox virus Real Time PCR should be collected in appropriate health care settings, such as hospitals and physician offices. Quest Patient Service Centers (PSCs) do not collect these samples.
Expected Turnaround 2-3 days

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