Respiratory virus unit (RVU): diagnostic services

RVU provides laboratory services for respiratory virus infections including Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Services available

Respiratory virus unit (RVU) provides:

  • antigenic and genetic analysis of influenza isolates
  • diagnostic virus PCR, culture and serology
  • investigation of outbreaks of respiratory virus infection
  • genetic characterisation of respiratory viruses
  • antiviral susceptibility testing of influenza viruses

RVU includes the UK World Health Organization national influenza laboratory and is involved in the development of diagnostic tests and vaccine evaluations.

RVU guidance and forms

Contact RVU

Respiratory virus unit (RVU)

Public Health England
61 Colindale Avenue

Published 1 August 2014
Last updated 27 October 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added guidance about referring flu sample to RVU.
  2. First published.