Fungal Infections from Contaminated Medication:
Laboratory Submissions

(Updated 10/8/2012)

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Specimen Submission to MDH
Specimen Storage
Specimen Testing

Specimen Submission to MDH

DO NOT send CSF specimens to MDH-PHL unless you have been requested to do so directly from MDH.

If you are asked to send specimens to MDH-PHL follow these instructions:

  • Ideal volume of CSF is 2 - 5 mL
  • Unspun samples
  • Store CSF in refrigerator
  • Send CSF to MDH cold with cold packs
  • Do not send specimens for delivery on Sunday
  • Use Infectious Disease Testing and Submission Form
    • Fill out the form as completely as possible
    • Write in "Meningitis Case" in the comment section

Specimen Storage

Save any CSF that may be from patients associated with this outbreak for 2-4 weeks in the refrigerator or freezer in case they are later identified as a case and specimens are requested from MDH.

Specimen Testing

  • The MDH Mycology Laboratory does not perform primary fungal culture but does provide fungal identification as a reference service.
  • MDH and CDC do not perform the Aspergillus galactomannan assay, you must use a commercial reference laboratory.

Updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:17PM