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.

List of Tests (Alphabetical by Agent)

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List of Tests by Agent

F

Filarial Nematodes - Antibody Detection

See: Parasite Serology

Filarial Nematodes - Detection in Clinical Samples

Methodology: Concentration and Microscopic Examination
Restrictions: None
Fee Sticker: Required
Specimen: Thick and thin blood films - 3 sets, air-dry
EDTA blood tube - filled (for concentration techniques)
Skin snips in small amount of saline (for Onchcerca volvulus or Mansonella streptocerca)
Shipping: Ship blood specimens at room temperature.
Transport slides in protective holder.
Turnaround: Usually within 1 working day of specimen receipt
Comments: Periodicity of species causing filariasis varies; Contact laboratory for recommendations.

Filarial Nematodes - Identification/Confirmation in Referred Specimens

Methodology: Microscopic Examination
Agents Detected: Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia spp., Loa loa, Mansonella spp. Onchocerca volvulus
Restrictions: None
Fee Sticker: Not required
Specimen: Thick and thin blood films - stained or unstained
Shipping: Ship at room temperature.
Transport slides in protective holder.
Turnaround: Usually within 1 working day of specimen receipt

Food poisoning (suspected) - Detection of Bacterial Pathogens or Enterotoxins in Implicated Food

Methodology: Quantitative culture, Reversed passive latex agglutination
Restrictions: Done for investigation of foodborne illness only. Contact Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414 before requesting this test.
Fee Sticker: Not required
Specimen: Implicated food - minimum of 10 g in original container or transferred to sterile container using sterile instruments.
Shipping: Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround: Not available

Francisella tularensis - Antibody Detection

Restrictions: Contact laboratory at (651) 201-5073 before requesting this test.
Fee Sticker: Not required
Specimen: Serum (2 ml)
Shipping: Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround: Not available
Comments: Sent to CDC.

This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040

Francisella tularensis - Detection in Clinical Samples

Methodology: Culture and Laboratory Response Network protocols
Tests May Include: Biochemical, molecular, and immunological methods
Restrictions: Contact laboratory at (651) 201-5073 before requesting this test.
Fee Sticker: Not required
Specimen: See Specimen Requirements
Shipping: Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround: Negative results available after 5-7 days of incubation
This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040

Francisella tularensis - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate

Methodology: Culture and Laboratory Response Network protocols
Tests May Include: Biochemical, molecular, and immunological methods
Restrictions: Contact laboratory at (651) 201-5073 before sending isolate.
Fee Sticker: Not required
Specimen: Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium
Shipping: Ship at room or refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround: Not available

This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040

Note: This organism has been designated as a Select Agent (Select Agent Regulation, 42 CFR, 73, Interim Final Rule). Special handling criteria apply. Please contact the laboratory for special instructions.

Fungal Serology

Methodology: Varies according to agent
Restrictions: None
Fee Sticker: Not required
Specimen: Serum (>1ml)
Shipping: Ship frozen or refrigerated.
Turnaround: Not available
Comments: Sent to CDC

Fungus Identification - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate

Methodology: Culture morphology, Biochemical testing, Nucleic acid probe
Restrictions: None
Fee Sticker: Not required
Specimen: Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium, sealed culture system
Shipping: Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround: Not available
Note: Coccidiodes immitis has been designated as a Select Agent (Select Agent Regulation, 42 CFR, 73, Interim Final Rule). Special handling criteria apply. Please contact the laboratory for special instructions.


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Updated Monday, 29-Nov-2010 08:06:45 CST