The University of Washington Virology Division
performs testing for a full range of human pathogens including Herpes group, HIV, respiratory, and enteric viruses. Techniques used are molecular PCR diagnostics and sequencing for both standard pathogens and esoteric or non-culturable viruses, tissue culture with direct antigen detection, and serological assays such as Western blot for HSV types 1 and 2.
In the News
Eight months after the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic began in Washington the UW Medicine Clinical Virology Lab processed its 1 millionth COVID-19 specimen. This milestone is significant for the Seattle-area community and the 150 faculty and 1,500 staff who work in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.
Guidance for long term care facilities sending samples for COVID-19 screening per WA DOH order
Skilled nursing facilities and memory care facilities sending COVID-19 PCR samples to UW Laboratory Medicine per Department of Health order 20-02, click here for important information prior to sending samples.
The antibody study will directly invite selected individuals to participate in order to gauge prevalence of COVID-19 in Washington state. Random sampling will ensure that all of Washington State is represented.
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