Yes. Please call the MDL Special Pathogens Unit to make sure that the CDC offers the test(s) that you are requesting and will accept the samples that you wish to have sent
Supplemental Information or Form
1. Pure, viable subculture
2. Completed submittal form with 2 patient identifiers (e.g. name and date of birth), collection date and source, a brief but complete patient history, cultural history and submitting laboratory’s findings
3. Documentation that indicates the role of this isolate in clinical disease
Performed on Specimens from
Acceptable Sample/Specimen Type for Testing
Minimum Volume Required
Storage & Preservation of Specimen Prior to Shipping
Tubed agar medium with a secure screw cap, labeled with patient’s name
Shipping Instructions which Include Specimen Handling Requirements
1. Grow isolate under appropriate conditions prior to shipping.
2. Ship at ambient temperature using appropriate DOT/IATA approved shipping procedures.
Subculture for shipping after purity, and micro- and macro-morphology are verified. See the CDC’s website for information on available tests. http://www.cdc.gov/laboratory/specimen-submission/list.html
Interferences & Limitations
Mixed or nonviable culture
Please contact the MDL Special Pathogens Unit for special consideration if any of the above criteria cannot be met.
MDL Points of Contact
Special Pathogens Unit (510) 412-3903
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM PT
Emails: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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