The Clinical Guide to Services is a comprehensive reference guide of testing services, shipping information and submission requirements. Efforts have been made to be concise and current with all information, but as testing procedures and regulations change, some information may not be current. Many of these tests are only available with prior approval from MDH. It is impossible to address all situations in this guide, so please contact us with any questions.

Clinical Laboratory Guide to Services - Minnesota Dept. of Health

List of Tests (Alphabetical by Agent)

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List of Tests by Agent

B

Test Name Babesia spp. - Detection, Identification, or Confirmation by Microscopy
  See Parasite Examination, Blood; Parasite Identification, Blood
Test Name Babesia spp. - IgM and IgG Antibody Detection
Methodology Indirect fluorescent antibody
Pre-Approval Contact Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414 before requesting this test.
Supplemental Information Sent to CDC
This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Serum, adults (3 ml)
Serum, children (0.5 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name Bacillus anthracis - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Culture, biochemical testing, and Laboratory Response Network protocols.
Pre-Approval Contact laboratory at (651) 201-5073 before requesting this test.
Supplemental Information This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.70.
Tests May Include: Biochemical, molecular and immunological methods
Specimen See: Specimen Requirements
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround 2-3 days
Test Name Bacillus anthracis - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Biochemical testing and Laboratory Response Network protocols
Pre-Approval Contact laboratory at (651) 201-5073 before sending isolate.
Supplemental Information This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Tests May Include: Biochemical, molecular and immunological methods
Specimen Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium
Shipping Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround Within 1-2 days of specimen receipt.
Note This organism has been designated as a Select Agent (Select Agent Regulation, 42 CFR, 73, Final Rule). Special handling criteria apply. Please contact the laboratory for special instructions.
Test Name Bacillus anthracis - Isolation from Environmental Samples
Supplemental Information Contact local law enforcement and the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414 before requesting this test.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name Bacillus cereus - Detection in Stool or Implicated Food
Methodology Culture
Pre-Approval Contact Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414 before requesting this test.
Supplemental Information Restrictions: Done for investigation of foodborne illness only.
Specimen Stool in ParaPak C&S, Modified Carey-Blair or equivalent - fill to line (approximately 5 ml)
Implicated food - minimum of 10 g in original container or transferred to sterile container using sterile instruments.
Shipping Ship stool at room temperature, food at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Within 4 working days of specimen receipt
Test Name Bacillus cereus - Detection of Diarrheal Type Enterotoxin in Food
Methodology Reversed passive latex agglutination
Pre-Approval Contact Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414 before requesting this test.
Supplemental Information Restrictions: Done for investigation of foodborne illness only.
Specimen Implicated food - minimum of 10 g in original container or transferred to sterile container using sterile instruments.
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Within 1 working day of specimen receipt.
Test Name Bacillus cereus - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Biochemical testing, Toxin testing
Pre-Approval Contact Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414.
Supplemental Information There is no restriction on confirmation/identification of referred isolate. Toxin testing is performed only for investigation of foodborne illness.
Specimen Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium
Shipping Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround Within 5 working days of specimen receipt.
Test Name Bacteria, Aerobic - Identification
Methodology Biochemical testing, Typing or grouping if appropriate, Sequencing of 16S ribosomal DNA if indicated
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information None
Specimen Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium
Shipping Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround Not available.
Test Name Bacterial Identification - Anaerobic
  See: Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens
Supplemental Information Anaerobic bacteria other than Clostridium spp. not identified at MDH
Test Name Bacterial Meningitis
  See: Meningitis, Bacterial; also individual agents
Test Name Baylisascaris procyonis (Neural Larva Migrans) - Antibody Detection
  See: Parasite Serology
Test Name Beta hemolytic streptococcus
  See: Streptococcus
Test Name Blastomyces dermatitidis - Antibody Detection
  See: Fungal Serology
Test Name Blastomyces dermatitidis - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Culture morphology and conversion, Nucleic acid probe
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium
Shipping Ship at room temperature, sealed culture system.
Turnaround Probe results within 1 working day of specimen receipt
Test Name Bordetella pertussis - Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
  See: Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
Test Name Bordetella pertussis - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Culture
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information This disease is reportable. Isolates must be submitted to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Cotton and rayon swabs are toxic to B. pertussis
Specimen Nasopharyngeal swab or aspirate
Calcium alginate or dacron swabs are recommended.
Shipping Deliver to the laboratory in < 2 hours or contact laboratory for transport medium recommendations. Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Negative reports issued after 10 days of incubation
Test Name Bordetella pertussis, parapertussis and holmseii - Detection of DNA in Clinical Samples
Methodology PCR
Pre-Approval Contact Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414 before requesting this test.
Supplemental Information This disease is reportable. Isolates must be submitted to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen

Isolates
Nasopharyngeal swab, dry or in ≤ 2ml viral transport medium in a sterile tube. Dacron swabs are preferred. Do not use calcium alginate swabs.
Nasal wash (0.5 ml)
Throat swab, dry or in ≤2 ml viral transport medium. Do not use calcium alginate swabs.

Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name

Bordetella pertussis - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate

Methodology Microscopic morphology, Immunofluorescence, Biochemical testing
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information This disease is reportable. Isolates must be submitted to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium
Shipping Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround Direct Fluorescent Antibody results available within 1 working day of specimen receipt. Biochemical identification of pure cultures available within 3 working days
Test Name Bordetella pertussis - IgG Antibody Detection
Methodology EIA
Pre-Approval Contact Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414 before requesting this test.
Supplemental Information This disease is reportable. Isolates must be submitted to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Restrictions: Do not request if there is a history of recent vaccination within the last 6 months or if cough onset has been less than 2 weeks.
Specimen At least 0.5 mL serum collected 2 weeks after symptom onset.
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround
Test Name Bordetella pertussis - Molecular Subtyping
  See: Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis
Test Name Botulism/Botulinum toxin
  See: Clostridium botulinum
Test Name Brucella spp - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Culture and Laboratory Response Network protocols
Pre-Approval Contact laboratory at (651) 201-5073 before sending isolate.
Supplemental Information This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Tests May Include: Biochemical, molecular, and immunological methods
Specimen See: Specimen Requirements
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Negative results available after 7-21 days of incubation
Test Name Brucella spp - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Biochemical testing and Laboratory Response Network protocols
Pre-Approval B. abortus, melitensis, and suis have been designated as Select Agents (Select Agent Regulation, 42 CFR, 73, Final Rule). Special handling criteria apply. Please contact the laboratory for special instructions.
Supplemental Information This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Tests May Include: Biochemical, molecular and immunological methods
Specimen Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium
Shipping Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround Within 1 week of specimen receipt
Test Name Brucella spp. - Antibody Detection
Methodology  
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Sent to CDC.
This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040
Specimen Serum (2 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Unavailable
Test Name Bubonic plague
  See: Yersinia pestis
Test Name Burkholderia mallei - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Culture, biochemical testing and Laboratory Response Network protocols
Pre-Approval Contact laboratory at (651) 201-5073 before requesting this test.
Supplemental Information Tests May Include: Biochemical, molecular and immunological methods
Specimen See: Specimen Requirements
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround 4-7 days
Test Name Burkholderia mallei - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Biochemical testing and Laboratory Response Network protocols
Pre-Approval Contact laboratory at (612) 282-3723 before sending isolate.
Supplemental Information This organism has been designated as a Select Agent (Select Agent Regulation, 42 CFR, 73, Final Rule). Special handling criteria apply. Please contact the laboratory for special instructions.
Tests May Include: Biochemical, molecular and immunological methods
Specimen Actively growing culture on suitable medium, See: Specimen Requirements
Shipping Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround 4 working days
Test Name Burkholderia pseudomallei - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Culture, biochemical testing and Laboratory Response Network protocols
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Tests May Include: Biochemical, molecular and immunological methods
Specimen See: Specimen Requirements
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround 4-7 days
Test Name Burkholderia pseudomallei - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Biochemical testing and Laboratory Response Network protocols
Pre-Approval This organism has been designated as a Select Agent (Select Agent Regulation, 42 CFR, 73, Final Rule). Special handling criteria apply. Please contact the laboratory for special instructions.
Supplemental Information Tests May Include: Biochemical, molecular and immunological methods
Specimen Actively growing culture on suitable medium, See: Specimen Requirements
Shipping Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround 4 working days

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Updated Thursday, August 07, 2014 at 09:52AM