Infectious Disease Lab

Infectious Disease Lab

Molecular and Genomic Pathology Services (MGPS) has the capability and expertise to perform an impressive range of infectious disease testing. Additionally, our tests can be ordered on a wide range of specimen types. As one of the first laboratories in the country to offer viral load monitoring for transplant patients, we bring a wealth of experience and skill to each sample we test.

Tests Available

The following tests are available:

  • Adenovirus (qualitative and quantitative)
  • BK Virus (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Bordetella pertussis / parapertussis
  • Cryptosporidium spp.
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Enterovirus
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) types 1 and 2 (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Human Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types 6 and 11
  • Influenza virus A / B
  • Parvovirus B19 (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Pneumocystis jirovecii (PjP)
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
  • SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
  • Toxoplasma gondii
  • Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV)
  • Atypical pneumonia panel
  • Chlamydia pneumoniae
  • Legionella pneumophila
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • BioFire FilmArray Meningitis/Encephalitis (M/E) Panel (includes Escherichia coli K1, Haemophilus influenzae, Listeria monocytogenes, Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes Simplex Virus 1, Herpes Simplex Virus 2, Human Herpesvirus 6, Enterovirus, Parechovirus, and Varicella-Zoster Virus, Cryptococcus gattii/neoformans)
  • BioFire FilmArray Syndromic Respiratory Panel (RP2.1) (includes Adenovirus, Coronavirus [HKU-1, NL63, 229E, OC43, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)], Metapneumovirus, Rhinovirus/Enterovirus, Influenza A [H1, H1-2009, H3], Influenza B, Parainfluenza viruses 1, 2, 3, and 4, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Bordetella pertussis, Bordetella parapertussis, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae)
  • Viral panel for myocarditis (includes Adenovirus, CMV, EBV, Enterovirus, HHV6, Influenza virus A / B, Parvovirus, RSV)

Lab Hours and Turnaround Times

The laboratory is staffed Monday – Friday from 4 am to 11 pm with a limited testing schedule on second shift. Specimens must be in the lab by 6 am to be processed / resulted on first shift and by 3 pm to be processed / resulted on second shift. On Saturday and Sunday the lab is staffed on first shift only from 6:30 am to 3 pm, with a limited testing schedule. Specimens must be in the lab by 6:30 am to be processed / resulted that day. This schedule may vary depending on the need to batch samples or staffing considerations.

For urgent requests you may call the lab at 513-636-9820 to confirm that testing will be done. Any testing outside of this schedule should be coordinated through the laboratory director.

Collection Requirements

  • When using a swab to collect a sample from any site (nasal / respiratory, lesion, rectal), use a plain, sterile swab with no media. Either the red or green-topped Stuart’s swabs are preferred. Do not submit swabs that are in any kind of charcoal or gel media.
  • When multiple PCR tests (from the list above) are to be analyzed from whole blood, a single tube of blood (at least 0.5mL) is acceptable. The laboratory does not need a separate tube of blood for each test being ordered.
  • More information about collection requirements for each test can be found in the Clinical Lab Index.

Clinical Laboratory Index

View all tests offered by Cincinnati Children’s.


Molecular and Genomic Pathology Services (MGPS), part of the Division of Pathology, is on the main campus of Cincinnati Children’s, in Location R, Room R2.001.

Contact Us

For more information about Molecular and Genomic Pathology Services (MGPS), call 513-636-9820 or email You may also reach us by fax, 513-517-7099.

Shipping Address

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Attn: Molecular and Genomic Pathology Services (MGPS)
240 Albert Sabin Way, R2.001
Cincinnati, OH 45229