Test can be performed on EDTA and if a FBC is collected only 1 EDTA is required. Serum or plasma can also be used but EDTA is preferred.
APPLICATION: The Monospot Test is a non-specific slide test for heterophil antibodies. The results of the Monotest are often negative in infants and children under 4 years with proven EBV infection but it will identify approximately 90% of cases of EBV in older children and adults.
The test is simple and rapid and is performed daily in the Mater Laboratory.
Specifc serology for Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) is available and is referred to QHPS-RBH Laboratory for testing. Turn around times are of the order of several days.