Yes. Please call the MDL Bacterial Diseases Section (Reference Bacteriology 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 or appropriate clinical specimen
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
Various clinical sites, usually sterile or appropriate clinical sources
Acceptable Sample/Specimen Type for Testing
Pure, viable subculture of a bacterial isolate OR a clinical specimen
Minimum Volume Required
Storage & Preservation of Sample/Specimen Prior to Shipping
For an isolate, tubed agar medium with a secured screw cap, OR, for a clinical specimen, an appropriate sterile container
2 patient identifiers, source or type of specimen, and date collected
Shipping Instructions which Include Specimen Handling Requirements
1. For isolates, grow under appropriate conditions and verify purity prior to shipping.
2. Ship at ambient temperature using appropriate DOT/IATA approved shipping procedures.
3. For specimens, consult the Bacterial Diseases Section at MDL for optimal holding and shipping conditions. Use appropriate DOT/IATA approved shipping procedures.
Prior to shipping at MDL, isolates are checked for purity and correct micro - and macro - morphology. Fresh subcultures are then shipped. Specimens are stored and shipped at optimal temperature.
Please see the CDC website for information on available tests. http://www.cdc.gov/laboratory/specimen-submission/list.html
1 month approximately. Can vary
Interferences & Limitations
Mixed or nonviable culture, inappropriate specimen.
Please contact the MDL Bacterial Diseases Section (Reference Bacteriology Unit) for special consideration if any of the above criteria cannot be met.
MDL Points of Contact
Reference Bacteriology Unit (510) 412-3903
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM PT
Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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