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Specimen Requirements for Francisella tularensis
The Clinical Guide to Services is a comprehensive reference guide of testing services, shipping information, and submission requirements for Minnesota’s Infectious Disease Laboratory.
Even though there are ongoing efforts to keep information current, some information may not be up to date due to recent changes in testing procedures and/or regulation. Many of these tests are only available with prior approval from the Minnesota Department of Health.
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Type of Infection
|Sputum, throat swab, tracheal aspirates, bronchoalveolar wash, etc.
|For epidemiologic purposes only. Useful only within 24 hours of exposure.
|Ulcer scraping, biopsy, or swab (eye)
|Specimen from advancing edge of the lesion not central necrotic area, which is usually secondarily infected.
|Lymph node aspirate, tissue
|Refer to manufacturer's recommendation
|Collect appropriate blood volume and number of sets per submitting lab's protocol. Collect prior to antibiotic use if possible. Most likely to be positive in later stage of disease.
|Blood in sodium polyanethol sulfonate (SPS)
|Blood collected in SPS may be inoculated into blood culture bottles upon receipt at MDH.
|Centrifuge ≥1 ml of fluid
|Collect in EDTA, purple top tube. For molecular testing, must be pre-approved by MDH.
|Acute-phase specimen should be collected ASAP after onset of disease.
Convalescent-phase specimen should be collected >14 days after the acute specimen.
Sent to CDC for testing, must be pre-approved by MDH.
|Lymph, lung, liver, spleen tissue, bone marrow, CSF
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