Submission of specimens should follow the specific guidelines published for your
state or territory (see links below).
For NSW, see videos 1 and 2 here.
In this case, all samples collected may be packed as for routine diagnostic
specimen submissions, i.e. small foam container inside a cardboard box or a
reusable hard cooler (no outer box required). An ice-brick must be included to
keep samples cool but not frozen. All samples should be double bagged and bags
disinfected with Virkon™ 1-2% or a chlorhexidine containing product, to the
clean side before removing PPE and leaving the property. NB as an enveloped
virus Hendra virus is susceptible to several disinfectants, including Virkon™,
hypochlorites and quaternary ammonium compounds.
All submissions for the exclusion of Hendra virus must have a clear warning note,
e.g. 'Hendra exclusion' inside the Esky and on top of the
samples. Note: Do not record this on the outside packaging or
on the consignment note.
Note: The sampling and submission requirements may differ across states and
territories. Ensure you are aware of any differences that may exist in the
region in which you practice by accessing the appropriate state or territory
government department website.
Territory DPIF (PDF)