Monkeypox Testing

July 25, 2022

ARUP’s in-house test for monkeypox infection, Orthopoxvirus (includes monkeypox virus) by PCR (test code 3005716), is now available to order.

Orthopoxvirus (includes monkeypox virus) by PCR is a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test to detect the DNA of orthopoxviruses, including monkeypox. ARUP’s test is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assay but has been optimized for state-of-the-art instrumentation and has an automated specimen extraction process. These optimizations will allow for reduced turnaround times and increased capability to upscale testing capacity.

The test has also been validated for both dry-swab specimen collection and for collection using viral transport media to facilitate easier collection and transportation.

Available Test


Orthopoxvirus (includes monkeypox virus) by PCR


Shipping and Handling of Monkeypox Specimens

Per CDC guidance, specimens can be shipped as UN 3373 Biological Substance, Category B. When submitting a specimen with a suspected or confirmed monkeypox infection, clients should write “suspected monkeypox” on the ARUP packing list, specimen bag, and in the lab information system (LIS) order comments. This will help ensure that specimens are handled and tested using proper precautions.

ARUP is honored to serve as your partner and to support your efforts during this time. We will continue to work with you to meet your testing needs as this situation evolves.

Please visit our Monkeypox FAQs page for additional details or see the test entry in our Laboratory Test Directory (LTD).

Additional Resources

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Additional Information

If you have additional questions, please contact Client Services and use keyword: MONKEYPOX

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