Virology Laboratory

The Virology Laboratory performs diagnostic tests for the entire Geneva University Hospitals These activities include viral culture, molecular tests and infectious serology. More than 120,000 analyses are carried out each year.

The laboratory is divided into two parts that are separated geographically (LV1 and LV2), the two are located at the main site of the Geneva University Hospitals.The diagnostic tests provided are aimed to respond to the needs of a University Reference Center treating complex pathologies as well as transferred patients.

The laboratory is also the headquarters for National Reference Centers for influenza and emerging viruses. It therefore offers comprehensive services adapted to these issues in an appropriate biosecure environment. Monitoring the flu and the diagnosis of potential cases of avian flu or hemorrhagic fevers is the responsibility of these centers.

The laboratory also integrates research groups whose areas of expertise are respiratory viruses, rhinovirus and HIV.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

MERS-CoV

The Virology Laboratory is also in a position to carry out molecular diagnosis in case of a suspected MERS-CoV.

Before any dispatch, it is IMPERATIVE that the Virology Laboratory is contacted at the on-call number: +41 (0)79 769 64 40

Regarding the dispatch of samples, follow biosecurity measures and it is imperative to refer to the following procedure (FR).

The Centre national de Référence des Infections Virales Emergentes, CRIVE (National Reference Center for Emerging Viral Infections) carries out PCR diagnosis for the new coronavirus"MERS-Coronavirus".

 

For suspected internal cases at HUG, follow the procedure (FR).

For suspected external cases at HUG, follow dispatch provisions and procedures (FR).

 

The Centre national de Référence des Infections Virales Emergentes, CRIVE (National Reference Center for Emerging Viral Infections) has developed an internal procedure at HUG (FR) relative to the distribution of BAL and bronchial aspiration in the event of a suspected infection by a new respiratory virus at the BSL2 security level, including MERS CoV.

 

EBOLA

The Virology Laboratory is in a position to carry out molecular diagnosis in case of a suspected Ebola virus infection. The suspicion must follow the defined diagnostic recommendations for cases established by the OFSP and confirmed by a Senior Infectiologist from a University Hospital Center and must be supported by the OFSP and the cantonal physician.

Before any submission, it is IMPERATIVE that the Virology Laboratory is contacted at the on-call number: +41 (0)79 769 64 40 AND ALSO Professor Laurent Kaiser (+41 (0)22 372 98 01) or Dr. Manuel Schibler (+41 (0)22 372 40 96).

Regarding the dispatch of samples, follow biosecurity measures and it is imperative to refer to the following procedure (FR).

The Spiez Laboratory is also competent to carry out the molecular diagnosis of the Ebola virus and can be contacted at the following on-call number: +41 (0)79 356 31 76