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

Contact RVU

Respiratory virus unit (RVU)

Public Health England
61 Colindale Avenue
London
NW9 5EQ