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

R

Test Name Rabies virus - Direct Detection in Animal Brain Tissue
Methodology Direct fluorescent antibody
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Submit removed head (large animals) or entire animal (bats) to Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) (612) 625-8787
Shipping Ship head or entire animal in 2 strong plastic bags refrigerated to the Vets Diagnostic Lab (612) 625-8787. Do not freeze.
Turnaround 2 days
Test Name Rash Illness Panel
Methodology
Pre-Approval Contact Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control at (651) 201-5414 or (877) 676-5414 before requesting this test.
Supplemental Information These tests are recommended for patients exhibiting acute, generalized, vesicular or pustular rash illness. For details on evaluating patients see the CDC poster "Evaluating Patients for Smallpox" (http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/diagnosis/index.asp).
Tests Included in Panel: Culture, molecular, or immunological tests, including methods for Varicella Zoster Virus, Herpes Simplex Virus Types 1 & 2, Vaccinia, orthopox viruses and bacteria as indicated by symptomology.
Tests may be performed individually. See individual agent listing
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 Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name Respiratory Syncytial Virus - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Culture, Direct fluorescent antibody (DFA)
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information None
Specimen Nasal swab in viral transport medium
Throat swab in viral transport medium
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Culture results available within 7 days.
Test Name Respiratory Syncytial Virus - Detection of RNA 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 swab, dry or in transport medium
Throat swab, dry or in transport medium
Nasal wash (0.5 ml)
Bronchoalveolar lavage, pleural fluid, tracheal aspirate (0.5 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Not Available
Test Name Rickettsia rickettsii group - IgM and IgG Antibody Detection
Methodology Indirect fluorescent antibody and 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 Sent to CDC.
This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Acute phase serum or paired sera (1 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Not Available
Test Name Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  See: Rickettsia rickettsii
Test Name Rotavirus - Detection of RNA 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 Stool, fresh or in ParaPak C&S, Modified Carey-Blair or equivalent - fill to line (approximately 5 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name Routine O&P
  See: Parasite Examination, Intestinal
Test Name RSV
  See: Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Test Name Rubella 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, Nasal/NP swab or wash, Urine
Shipping Ship within 24 hours at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround 1 working day upon receipt of specimen
Test Name Rubella Virus - IgM and Total Antibody Detection
Methodology Enzyme immunoassay for IgM, Latex agglutination for total antibodies
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 Rubella Virus - RNA 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

Throat swab, Nasal/NP Swab or Wash, Isolate
Urine (greater than 5 days after symptom onset)

Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround 1 day

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Updated Thursday, August 07, 2014 at 11:50AM