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Fungal Identification for Coccidioides or Histoplasma Species

Pre-Approval Required


Supplemental Information or Form

Form 448 (7/04) (MDL 60)

Performed on Cultures from

California county public health laboratories

Acceptable Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Pure culture on solid media in tube with tightened screw cap, taped

Minimum Volume Required


Storage & Preservation of Specimen Prior to Shipping

Incubated at 25°-30°C (or refrigerated)

Transport Medium


Specimen Labeling

Patient’s name, accession number

Shipping Instructions which Include Specimen Handling Requirements

Ship cultures as infectious substances.

Test Methodology

Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii by real time PCR, Histoplasma sp. by Gen-Probe AccuProbe


Turnaround Time

1 week

Interferences & Limitations

Growth of Coccidioides or Histoplasma inhibited by contaminants; culture nonviable

Additional Information


MDL Points of Contact

Mycobacterial and Mycotic Diseases Section (510) 412-3924 or (510) 412-3926. Email: Yvonne.Jang@cdph.ca.gov or linlin.li@cdph.ca.gov


Last modified on: 8/26/2016 11:14 AM