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

M

Test Name Malaria
  See: Plasmodium spp.
Test Name Measles Virus - Detection in Clinical Samples
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 Confirmation of isolates only. This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Actively growing measles isolate on cell culture.
Shipping Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround 21 days
Test Name Measles Virus - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology RT-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 must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Throat swab (preferred), Isolate, Nasal/NP swab or wash, Urine (greater than 5 days after symptom onset)
Shipping Ship within 24 hours at refrigeration temperature
Turnaround 1 working day upon receipt of specimen
Test Name Measles Virus - IgG Antibody Detection
Methodology Enzyme Immunoassay
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 must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Convalescent or acute phase serum or paired sera
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround 3 days
Test Name Meningitis, Bacterial - PCR Panel
Methodology PCR
Tests Included in Panel: Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae
Tests may be performed individually.
Pre-Approval Contact Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414 before requesting this test.
Supplemental Information This test is for research use only.
This disease is reportable. Isolates must be submitted to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen CSF (0.5 ml)
Serum (0.5 ml )
Whole EDTA blood (0.5 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name Meningitis, Viral
  See: Enterovirus
Test Name Meningococcemia
  See: Neisseria meningitidis
Test Name Meningococcus
  See: Neisseria meningitidis
Test Name Meningoencephalitis, Viral
  See: Arbovirus, Enterovirus, other individual agents as indicated.
Test Name Metapneumovirus, human
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 test is for research use only.
Specimen Nasopharyngeal swab, dry or in viral transport medium
Throat swab, dry or in viral transport medium
Nasal wash (0.5 ml)
Bronchoalveolar lavage, pleural fluid, tracheal aspirate (0.5 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround
Test Name Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  See: Staphylococcus aureus , Methicillin Resistant
Test Name Microfilariae
  See: Filarial nematodes
Test Name Microsporidia (Encephalitozoon spp.) - Detection of DNA in Clinical Samples
Methodology PCR
Pre-Approval Contact laboratory at (651) 201-5048 before requesting this test
Supplemental Information This test is for research use only. Test differentiates Encephalitozoon intestinalis, E. hellum, and E. cuniculi
Specimen Stool, fresh
Stool sample in non-formalin preservative or transport medium (e.g. PVA, EcoFix Cary-Blair)
Shipping Unpreserved stool or stool in Cary-Blair: ship at refrigeration temperature
Stool in preservative: ship at room or refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name Monkeypox virus - Detection in Clinical Samples
  See also: Rash Illness Panel
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 None
Specimen Roof of lesion in a sterile container
Swab of lesion in viral transport medium
Touch-prep (slide) of vesicular fluid
Biopsy material
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround 21 days
Test Name Monkeypox virus - Detection of DNA in Clinical Samples
Methodology PCR (Laboratory Response Network protocols)
Pre-Approval Contact Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414 before requesting this test.
Supplemental Information This test is for research use only.
Specimen Roof of lesion in a sterile container
Swab of lesion, dry or in transport medium. Contact lab for details.
Touch-prep (slide) of vesicular fluid
Shipping Contact laboratory for transport instructions.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  See: Staphylococcus aureus , Methicillin-Resistant
Test Name Mumps Virus - Detection in Clinical Samples
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 This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Throat swab in viral transport medium
Urine (>1 ml) in a sterile container
CSF (>1 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround 14 days
Test Name Mumps Virus - Detection 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 must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Buccal preferred
Shipping Ship within 24 hours at refrigeration temperature
Turnaround 1 working day upon receipt of specimen
Test Name Mumps Virus - IgG Antibody Detection
Methodology Enzyme Immunoassay
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 must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Congenital or acute phase serum or paired sera
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Sent to CDC.
No turnaround time available.
Test Name Mycobacterium avium Complex
  See: Mycobacterium spp. (not tuberculosis)
Test Name Mycobacterium bovis and bovis BCG - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Varies - Sent to CDC
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information M. bovis and M. bovis BCG are members of the M. tuberculosis complex. Speciation may be requested if there has been consumption of unpasteurized dairy products ( M. bovis ) or complications of BCG therapy for bladder cancer or vaccine. Sent to CDC for speciation.
Specimen Actively growing culture on suitable solid medium
Growth in MGIT tube
Shipping Ship at room temperature, sealed culture system.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name Mycobacterium spp. - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Line probe assay, Nucleic acid probe, conventional biochemicals
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information None
Specimen Actively growing pure culture on suitable solid medium
Growth in MGIT tube
Shipping Ship at room temperature, sealed culture system.
Turnaround Line probe and DNA probe results available within 3 working days. Biochemical identification varies.
Test Name Mycobacterium spp. (not tuberculosis) - Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
Methodology
Pre-Approval  
Supplemental Information Isolates must be requested from MDH Mycobacteria Lab at 651-201-5053. Isolate will be sent back to submitting lab.
Specimen  
Shipping  
Turnaround 48 Hours
Test Name Mycobacterium spp. (not tuberculosis) - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Concentrated acid-fast smear, Culture
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information None
Specimen See Specimen Requirements
Shipping Ship blood and bone marrow at room temperature, other specimens at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Smear available within 1 working day.
Negative culture results available after 6 weeks of incubation.
Test Name Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex - Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, First-Line Drugs
Methodology Performed by MGIT 960 method
Drugs Included in Panel: isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide
Done automatically on initial patient isolate and subsequent isolates with evidence of treatment failure.
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 solid medium
Growth in MGIT tube
Shipping Ship at room temperature, sealed culture system.
Turnaround Usually within 14 days of receipt or isolation of organism.
Test Name Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex - Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, Second-line Drugs
Methodology Send to CDC
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Sent automatically on isolates resistant to 2 or more first-line drugs, or resistant to rifampin only.
This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Actively growing pure culture on suitable solid medium
Growth in MGIT tube
Shipping Ship at room temperature, sealed culture system.
Turnaround Varies
Test Name Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Concentrated acid-fast smear, Culture
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen See Specimen Requirements
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Smear available within 1 working day.
Negative culture results available after 6 weeks of incubation.
Test Name Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex and Mycobacterium avium Complex - Direct Testing
Methodology PCR
Pre-Approval TB disease must be suspected.
Supplemental Information

AFB smear result must accompany request if submitting digested sample. AFB smear negative specimens will not receive MAC PCR results.
M. tuburculosis must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.

Specimen Respiratory specimen or NALC digested/decontaminated respiratory specimen.
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Within 1 working day.
Test Name Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Line probe assay, Nucleic acid probe and conventional biochemicals
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 solid medium
Growth in MGIT tube
Shipping Ship at room temperature, sealed culture system.
Turnaround Line probe and DNA probe results available within 3 working days.
Test Name Mycoplasma pneumoniae - 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 test is for research use only.
Specimen Nasopharyngeal or throat swab, dry or in transport medium
Sputum (0.5 ml)
Bronchoalveolar lavage, pleural fluid, tracheal aspirate (0.5 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Not available

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Updated Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 03:59PM