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

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Test Name Saint Louis Encephalitis
  See: Arbovirus
Test Name Salmonella spp. - Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
  See: Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
Test Name Salmonella spp. - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Culture
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Included in routine Enteric Bacterial Culture.
This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Stool in ParaPak C&S, Modified Carey-Blair or equivalent - fill to line (approximately 5 ml). Unpreserved stool samples must be received within 2 hours of collection.
Shipping Ship preserved samples at room temperature. Transport fresh samples at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Negative results available within 2-4 working days. Positive results phoned to submitter as soon as available.
Test Name Salmonella spp. - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Biochemical testing, Serotyping
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 Identification from pure culture available within 4-6 working days
Test Name Salmonella spp. - Molecular Subtyping
  See: Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis
Test Name SARS
  See: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Test Name Schistosoma spp. - Antibody Detection
  See: Parasite Serology
Test Name Schistosoma spp. - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Concentration and Microscopic Examination
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information S. haematobium eggs are usually detected in urine but may be found in stool. Eggs of other Schistosoma spp. are found primarily in stool. Multiple examinations may be required to detect eggs in light or chronic infections.
Specimen Stool preserved in both formalin and PVA - fill to line (kits are available from MDH).
Urine - 15 ml, no preservatives.
Shipping Ship preserved stool at room temperature, urine at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround
Test Name Schistosoma spp. - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Samples
  See: Parasite Identification
Test Name Schistosomiasis
  See: Schistosoma spp.
Test Name Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Antibody Confirmation
Methodology Enzyme Immunoassay (Laboratory Response Network Protocol)
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 (1 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround
Test Name Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - 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 Positive results must be confirmed by CDC.
This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Nasopharyngeal wash (1 ml)
Nasopharyngeal swab in viral transport medium
Throat swab in viral transport medium
Bronchoalveolar lavage, pleural fluid, tracheal aspirate (1 ml)
Stool in ParaPak C&S, Modified Carey-Blair or equivalent - fill to line (approximately 5 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround 21 days
Test Name Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Detection of RNA 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. Positive test results are to be considered preliminary until confirmed by the CDC.
Specimen Nasopharyngeal wash (0.5 ml)
Nasopharyngeal swab in viral transport medium
Throat swab in viral transport medium
Bronchoalveolar lavage, pleural fluid, tracheal aspirate (0.5 ml)
Stool in ParaPak C&S, Modified Carey-Blair or equivalent - fill to line (approximately 5 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround
Test Name Shigella spp. - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Culture
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Included in routine Enteric Bacterial Culture.
This disease must be reported to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Stool in ParaPak C&S, Modified Carey-Blair or equivalent - fill to line (approximately 5 ml). Unpreserved stool samples must be received within 2 hours of collection.
Shipping Ship preserved samples at room temperature.
Transport fresh samples at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround
Test Name Shigella spp. - Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
  See: Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
Test Name Shigella spp. - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Biochemical testing, Serotyping
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 Identification from pure culture available within 4-6 working days.
Test Name Shigella spp. - Molecular Subtyping
  See: Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis
Test Name Smallpox
  See: Rash Illness Panel
Supplemental Information If smallpox is suspected, call Division of Disease Prevention and Control immediately at (651) 201-5414 or (800) 676-5414.
Test Name Sporothrix schenkii - Antibody Detection
  See: Fungal Serology
Test Name Sporothrix schenkii - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
  See: Fungus identification
Test Name Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B - Detection in Non-Clinical Samples
Methodology Time-resolved fluorescence
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 Food, Soil, Water, Environmental surface wipe
Shipping
Turnaround Not available
Test Name Staphylococcus aureus , Gastrointestinal Disease - 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 Done for investigation of foodborne illness only.
This disease is reportable. Isolates must be submitted to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
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 Not available
Test Name Staphylococcus aureus, Gastrointestinal Disease - Detection of Enterotoxin A, B, C, D 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 Done for investigation of foodborne illness only.
This disease is reportable. Isolates must be submitted to MDH as required by State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen Implicated food - minimum of 10 g in original container or transferred to sterile container using sterile instruments.
Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium
Shipping Ship food at refrigeration temperature, cultures at room temperature.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name Staphylococcus aureus , Glycopeptide/Vancomycin Resistant (GRSA/VRSA) - Confirmation of Vancomycin MIC = 32 ug/ml
Methodology MIC determination by multiple methods.
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Call MDH laboratory at (651) 201-5073 immediately if GRSA/VRSA is suspected.
Specimen Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium.
Shipping Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround Within 2-5 working days of specimen receipt.
Test Name Staphylococcus aureus , Glycopeptide/Vancomycin Intermediate (GISA/VISA) - Confirmation of Vancomycin MIC = 4 ug/ml
Methodology MIC determination by multiple methods.
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Call MDH laboratory at (651) 201-5073 immediately if GISA/VISA is suspected.
Specimen Actively growing pure culture on suitable medium
Shipping Ship at room temperature.
Turnaround Within 2-5 working days of specimen receipt.
Test Name Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin Resistant (MRSA) - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology MIC determination by multiple methods.
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Severe disease or death caused by this agent is reportable. Isolates or material positive by a non-culture method 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 Within 2-3 working days.
Test Name Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin Resistant (MRSA) - Detection of mecA DNA by PCR
Methodology PCR
Pre-Approval Contact laboratory at (651) 201-5073 before requesting this test
Supplemental Information This test is for research use only.
Severe disease or death caused by this agent is reportable. Isolates or material positive by a non-culture method 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 Not available
Test Name Staphylococcus aureus , Methicillin Resistant (MRSA) - Molecular Subtyping
  See: Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis
Test Name Staphylococcus aureus , Toxic Shock - Toxin Detection
Methodology Immunologic detection of TSST-1, and enterotoxins A, B, and C
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Sent to University of Minnesota
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 Varies
Test Name Streptococcus pneumoniae - Antigen Detection in CSF
  See: Meningitis, Bacterial
Test Name Streptococcus pneumoniae - Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
  See: Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
Test Name Streptococcus 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 Invasive disease caused by this agent is reportable. All isolates from cases of invasive disease must be submitted to MDH as required State Rule 4605.7040.
Specimen CSF (0.5 ml)
Whole EDTA blood (0.5 ml)
Shipping Ship at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Not available
Test Name Streptococcus pneumoniae - Identification/Confirmation/Serotyping of Referred Isolate
Methodology Biochemical testing, Capsular serotyping, PCR
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Invasive disease caused by this agent is reportable.
All isolates from cases of invasive disease 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 Within 2-4 working days.
Test Name Streptococcus pneumoniae - Molecular Subtyping
  See: Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis
Test Name Streptococcus , Group A - Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
  See: Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
Test Name Streptococcus , Group A - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Biochemical testing, Serogrouping
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Invasive disease caused by this agent is reportable. All invasive 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 Within 2-4 working days.
Test Name Streptococcus , Group A - Molecular Subtyping
  See: Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis
Test Name Streptococcus , Group A - Toxin Detection
Methodology Immunologic detecion of pyrogenic erythrotoxins (speA, speB, speC)
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Sent to University of Minnesota.
Invasive disease caused by this agent is reportable. All isolates from cases of invasive disease 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 Varies
Test Name Streptococcus , Group B - Antigen Detection in CSF
  See: Meningitis, Bacterial
Test Name Streptococcus , Group B - Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
  See: Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
Test Name Streptococcus , Group B - Identification/Confirmation of Referred Isolate
Methodology Biochemical testing, Serogrouping
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information Invasive disease caused by this agent is reportable. All isolates from cases of invasive disease 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 Within 2-4 working days.
Test Name Streptococcus , Group B - Molecular Subtyping
  See: Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis
Test Name Strongyloides spp. - Antibody Detection
  See: Parasite Serology
Test Name Strongyloides spp. - Detection in Clinical Samples
Methodology Microscopic examination
Pre-Approval None
Supplemental Information None
Specimen Stool preserved in both formalin and PVA - fill to line (kits are available from MDH); Duodenal contents (aspiration or Entero-Test capsule)
Identification/confirmation: prepared fecal or duodenal sample
Other specimen types, contact laboratory for information
Shipping Ship preserved stool at room temperature, duodenal contents at refrigeration temperature.
Turnaround Within 3 working days
Test Name Strongyloides spp. - Identification/Confirmation in Referred Sample
  See: Parasite, Identification
Test Name Syphilis
  See: Treponema pallidum

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Updated Thursday, August 07, 2014 at 10:33AM