Associated Regional and University Pathologists (ARUP Laboratories), Salt Lake City, has made available to its clients a combined test to detect and differentiate covid-19, influenza, and/or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in individuals with respiratory symptoms consistent with covid-19.

The test is the first offered in the United States to be developed using Thermo Fisher Scientific’s TaqMan SARS-CoV-2, Flu A/B, RSV multiplex primer and probes and run on the QuantStudio real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) platform.

“We are proud to offer this test, which is one of the first available to test for all four viruses,” says Adam Barker, PhD, director of ARUP’s Covid-19 Rapid Response Laboratory. “This single test is a simple, accurate way to determine which virus is the cause of illness as the flu and RSV seasons get underway amid the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

ARUP’s Influenza, SARS-CoV-2, and RSV by NAA test detects ribonucleic acid (RNA) from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19, along with the influenza A and B viruses and RSV. A qualitative test, it also differentiates between the viruses, although it does not differentiate between influenza A and B.

The test can be performed on specimens collected using a deep nasal swab, or on specimens collected from the back of the throat and the front of both nostrils.

It adds to ARUP’s menu of COVID-19-related tests, which includes a molecular diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can be performed on multiple specimen types including saliva. 

ARUP also offers two IgG antibody tests to detect previous exposure to SARS-CoV-2, along with numerous tests that help guide treatment of patients with the virus.

“The challenge clinicians face as we enter flu season is unparalleled even if flu and RSV activity remain low,” says ARUP CEO Sherrie L. Perkins, MD, PhD. “We’re pleased that this combination test will help them provide the best patient care possible as the pandemic persists.”

For more information, visit ARUP Laboratories