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Microbiology Laboratory Tests: Farmer's Lung to Hantavirus

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Microbiology
Farmer’s Lung (Culture - Isolation)
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Microbiology - Farmer’s Lung (Culture - Isolation)
Test Includes:

Reporting

Results Available: Contact #s:

Reference

Method:  
Turnaround Time: Reference Range:
Limitations: Interpretation:

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Sample Type:
Volume/Amount Required: Preferred Specimen:  Culture; Sputum
Collection/Preservation: Storage Instructions:
Causes for Rejection: Sample Container:
Sample Test Kit: Availability:
Diagnostic Information:

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B Specimen Handling:
Transport Temperature: Shipping Requirements:

Billing

CPT Code: 87102 Fees:


Microbiology
Farmer’s Lung (Culture - Identification)
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Microbiology - Farmer’s Lung (Culture - Identification)
Test Includes:

Reporting

Results Available: Contact #s:

Reference

Method:  
Turnaround Time: Reference Range:
Limitations: Interpretation:

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Sample Type:
Volume/Amount Required: Preferred Specimen:  Culture; Sputum
Collection/Preservation: Storage Instructions:
Causes for Rejection: Sample Container:
Sample Test Kit: Availability:
Diagnostic Information:

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B Specimen Handling:
Transport Temperature: Shipping Requirements:

Billing

CPT Code: 87102 Fees:


Microbiology
Farmer’s Lung (Serological – Forwarded by TDSHS to CDC for testing.)
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Microbiology - Farmer’s Lung (Serological – Forwarded by TDSHS to CDC for testing.)
Test Includes:

Reporting

Results Available: Contact #s:

Reference

Method:  
Turnaround Time:  3 weeks Reference Range:  Negative
Limitations: May not detect a recent infection, or infection in a person with a severely compromised immune system. Interpretation:

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Venipuncture Sample Type: Serum
Volume/Amount Required: 10 mL whole blood Preferred Specimen:  Single Serum
Collection/Preservation: Red top or tiger top tube Storage Instructions: Do not freeze or refrigerate whole blood. Separated serum may be held at 2-8°C
Causes for Rejection: Discrepancy between name on tube and name on form, insufficient quantity of serum for testing Sample Container: Red top or tiger top tube
Sample Test Kit: Availability:
Diagnostic Information:  Prior notification is requested (512) 458-7760. A detailed patient history is required. Serum specimens are forwarded to the CDC.  Antigens include Micropolyspora faenj, Thermactinomyces candidas, and Thermoactinomyces vulgaris.  Precipitin bands are presumptive evidence for actinomycotic hypersensitivity pneumonitis.  There are false-positive reactions. Specimens must be submitted with a complete medical history.

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2A Specimen Handling: Use Universal Precautions
Transport Temperature: Ambient temperature for specimens on the blood clot, separated serum at 2-8°C (refrigerated) or -20°C (frozen). Shipping Requirements: Triple contain, separated serum may be shipped on cold packs (2-8°C), or frozen (-20°C) and mailed on dry ice.

Billing

CPT Code: 86671 Fees:


Microbiology
Fasciolopsis (Microscopic – Direct Concentration)
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Microbiology - Fasciolopsis (Microscopic – Direct Concentration)
Test Includes: Microscopic Examination

Reporting

Results Available: 1 day Contact #s: (512) 458-7650

Reference

Method: Microscopic examination  
Turnaround Time:  24 hours Reference Range: No parasites found
Limitations:  Specimen must be collected and placed in formalin to preserve the parasites. Adult flukes may be placed in ethyl alcohol. Interpretation: Negative report indicative of no visible parasites found in the specimen.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Fresh feces, Tissue Sample Type: Feces; Fluke ID; Tissue Section
Volume/Amount Required: 15 mL liquid stool, 
15 g stool
Preferred Specimen:  Feces; Fluke ID; Tissue Section
Collection/Preservation: Collect stool and place in formalin preservative. Ambient temperature. Adult flukes should be placed in ethyl alcohol. Storage Instructions: Ambient temperature
Causes for Rejection:  Unpreserved stool > 5 hours old. Sample Container: Leak-proof container
Sample Test Kit: Availability: Monday-Friday
Diagnostic Information:  Fecal specimens must be sent in formalin. Adult flukes must be sent in ethyl alcohol.  Referred material accepted from hospital, private, and reference labs.

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B Specimen Handling: Handle body fluids using universal precautions. Formalin is a poison, handle with care.
Transport Temperature:  Ambient temperature. Shipping Requirements: Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for diagnostic specimens.

Billing

CPT Code: 87015 Fees:


Microbiology
Filariasis (Microscopic – Direct Giemsa Stain)
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Microbiology - Filariasis (Microscopic – Direct Giemsa Stain)
Test Includes:  Microscopic examination

Reporting

Results Available: 1 day Contact #s: (512) 458-7560

Reference

Method: Microscopic examination  
Turnaround Time:  24 hours Reference Range: No parasites found
Limitations: Interpretation: Negative report indicative of no visible parasites found in the specimen.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: venipuncture Sample Type: Venous Blood- EDTA
Volume/Amount Required: 2 mL whole blood Preferred Specimen:  Venous Blood- EDTA
Collection/Preservation: 
Venous blood in purple cap tube: Time of collection is distinct for suspected parasite.

Collection of blood specimen:
Loa Loa- 10 AM- 2 PM
Brugia or Wuchereria- At night after 8 PM
Masonella- Any time
Onchocerca- Any time

Storage Instructions: Ambient temperature
Causes for Rejection: Incorrect collection tube Sample Container: Purple cap vacutainer
Sample Test Kit: Availability: Monday-Friday
Diagnostic Information:  Collection of blood specimen: Loa Loa- 10 AM- 2 PM; Brugia or Wuchereria- At night after 8 PM; Masonella- Any time; Onchocerca- Any time

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B Specimen Handling: Handle body fluids using universal precautions
Transport Temperature:  Ambient temperature Shipping Requirements: Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for diagnostic specimens.

Billing

CPT Code: 87177 Fees:



Microbiology

Food Poisoning (Culture - Isolation)
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Microbiology - Food Poisoning (Culture - Isolation)
Test Includes: BAX, Vidas, Conventional biochemicals

Reporting

Results Available: 3-14 days Contact #s: (512) 458-7562

Reference

Method: BAX, Vidas, Conventional biochemicals  
Turnaround Time:  14 days Reference Range:  No pathogens isolated.
Limitations: Food specimens must be collected by sanitarians or appointees. No food specimens are accepted from private citizens without collection by TDSHS official. Interpretation: No enteric pathogens isolated is indicative of no viable organisms present in the food sample.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Food samples Sample Type: Food, 25 grams
Volume/Amount Required: 25 grams for each pathogen to be tested. Preferred Specimen:  Portion 25 grams minimum sample size for each pathogen to be tested.
Collection/Preservation: Food must be collected by a sanitarian or health official. A minimum of 25 grams of each food item is collected and stored in separate whirl paks or clean, dry containers. Store food at 2-8° C. Ship overnight. Storage Instructions: at 2-8° C
Causes for Rejection: insufficient amount, improper storage. Sample Container: Clean, dry, leak-proof container.
Sample Test Kit: Availability: Monday-Friday
Diagnostic Information:  Food samples must be collected by authorized Public Health Officials.  No samples are accepted from private physicians or citizens.  Contact the Public Health Department in your area.

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-22 Specimen Handling: Specimens must be collected by an authorized Public health official and if necessary with a chain of custody form in place.
Transport Temperature:  2-8° C  Shipping Requirements:  2-8° C, overnight

Billing

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Microbiology
Food (Culture – Identification)
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Microbiology - Food (Culture – Identification)
Test Includes: See individual food borne pathogens

Reporting

Results Available: Contact #s:

Reference

Method:  
Turnaround Time: Reference Range:  By report
Limitations: Interpretation:

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Sample Type:
Volume/Amount Required: Preferred Specimen:  Pure culture.
Collection/Preservation: Storage Instructions:
Causes for Rejection: Sample Container:
Sample Test Kit: Availability:
Diagnostic Information:  Samples are accepted only if physician certifies that patient is still ill and aid to diagnosis is needed for treatment.  Original sample must be retained by submitter for analysis by private laboratory if litigation results. For Salmonella, see Salmonellosis Culture–(Identification). For Shigella, See Shigellosis Culture (Identification). For Escherichia coli, Escherichia coli 0157:H7 Culture (Identification) Escherichia coli 0157:H7 or other Shiga toxin E. coli (Toxin Testing). For Vibrio species. For Yersinia, see Yersinia enterocolitica (Culture – Identification).

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-22 Specimen Handling:
Transport Temperature: Shipping Requirements:

Billing

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Microbiology
Food (Pathogens – Isolation)
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Microbiology - Food (Pathogens – Isolation)
Test Includes: See Food Poisoning, Isolation

Reporting

Results Available: Contact #s:

Reference

Method:  
Turnaround Time:  14 days Reference Range:  None isolated
Limitations: Interpretation:

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Sample Type:
Volume/Amount Required: Preferred Specimen:  Portion 25 grams minimum sample size for each pathogen to be tested.
Collection/Preservation: Storage Instructions:
Causes for Rejection: Sample Container:
Sample Test Kit: Availability:
Diagnostic Information:  For Salmonella, see Salmonellosis Culture–(Identification). For Shigella, See Shigellosis Culture (Identification) For Escherichia coli, Escherichia coli 0157:H7 Culture (Identification) Escherichia coli 0157:H7 or other Shiga toxin E. coli (Toxin Testing). For Vibrio species see Vibrio cholerae, (Culture – Identification) For Yersinia, see Yersinia enterocolitica (Culture – Identification). See Staphylococcus (Culture – Enterotoxin testing) See Clostridium perfringens (Culture - Isolation) See Campylobacter Culture –(Isolation) See Bacillus cereus  (Culture – Isolation).

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-22 Specimen Handling:
Transport Temperature:  2-8° C (refrigerated) Shipping Requirements:

Billing

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Microbiology
Food Poisoning Culture (Toxin Detection)
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Microbiology - Food Poisoning Culture (Toxin Detection)
Test Includes: See Staphylococcus (Culture – Enterotoxin Testing)

Reporting

Results Available: Contact #s:

Reference

Method:  
Turnaround Time:  2-4 days   Reference Range:  Not detected
Limitations: Interpretation:

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Sample Type:
Volume/Amount Required: Preferred Specimen:  Portion 25 grams minimum sample size for each toxin or pathogento be tested.
Collection/Preservation: Storage Instructions:
Causes for Rejection: Sample Container:
Sample Test Kit: Availability:
Diagnostic Information:  Food samples must be collected by authorized Public Health Officials.  No samples are accepted from private physicians or citizens.  Contact the Public Health Department in your area. See Staphylococcus (Culture – Enterotoxin testing).

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-22 Specimen Handling:
Transport Temperature:  2-8° C (refrigerated) Shipping Requirements:

Billing

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Microbiology
Giardiasis (Microscopic – Direct Concentration)
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Microbiology - Giardiasis (Microscopic – Direct Concentration)
Test Includes: Microscopic examination

Reporting

Results Available: 3 days Contact #s: (512) 458-7560

Reference

Method: Microscopic examination  
Turnaround Time:  3 days Reference Range: No parasites found
Limitations: Interpretation: No parasites found indicates there were no visible parasites in specimen submitted.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Feces Sample Type: Feces
Volume/Amount Required: 15 mL liquid stool, 
15 g stool,
Preferred Specimen:  Feces in PVA or formalin.
Collection/Preservation: Collect liquid stool or stool and place immediately into PVA and formalin preservative. Store at ambient temperature. Storage Instructions: ambient temperature
Causes for Rejection: Unpreserved stool > 5 hours old. Sample Container: PVA or formalin transport for parasites.
Sample Test Kit: Availability: Monday-Friday
Diagnostic Information:  Fecal specimens must be sent in fresh (less than five hours) or in PVA and formalin.  Referred material accepted from hospital, private, and reference labs.

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B Specimen Handling: Handle body fluids using universal precautions. PVA and formalin are considered a poison.
Transport Temperature:  Ambient temperature Shipping Requirements: Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for diagnostic specimens.

Billing

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Microbiology
Gonorrhea Culture (Isolation)
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Microbiology - Gonorrhea Culture (Isolation)
Test Includes: Conventional biochemicals, Accuprobe.

Reporting

Results Available: 2-4 days Contact #s: (512) 458-7582

Reference

Method: Conventional biochemicals, DNA probe test.  
Turnaround Time:  2-4 days Reference Range:  Negative for N. gonorrhoeae
Limitations: Organisms must be viable and capable of growing on transport media. Interpretation: Negative for N. gonorrhoeae indicates that there were no viable organisms in the specimen submitted.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: cervix, urethra, rectum, or throat. Sample Type: Cervical or urethral swab; Rectal swab; Throat swab. Vaginal swab                                                            
Volume/Amount Required: One specimen per patient Preferred Specimen:  Cervical or urethral Swab; Rectal Swab; Throat Swab
Collection/Preservation: Specimens should be collected with Dacron or rayon swabs. Calcium alginate may e toxic to gonococci. Cotton swabs may be use, but some cotton contains fatty acid that is inhibitory to gonococci. Do not use lubricants on instruments as these may be inhibitory to gonococci. Swabs should be taken from the cervix, urethra, rectum or throat and applied to transport media immediately. Transport in a CO2 atmosphere at ambient temperature. Storage Instructions: 
Ambient temperature, CO2 Atmosphere. 
DO NOT refrigerate.
Causes for Rejection: No identifying marks on sample and/or paperwork. Sample Container: Thayer-Martin or Martin-Lewis agar bottle or plate with CO2 atmosphere.
Sample Test Kit: Availability: Tested Monday – Saturday
Diagnostic Information:  Microscopic screening by gram-stain is not offered. Genetic probe preferred detection method unless medicolegal or under 13 years of age. See Gonorrhea (Culture – Genetic Probe)

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B Specimen Handling: Body fluids handled taking universal precautions.
Transport Temperature:  Ambient  temperature Shipping Requirements: Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for diagnostic specimens.

Billing

CPT Code: 87070 Fees:


Microbiology
Gonorrhea Culture (Identification)
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Microbiology - Gonorrhea Culture (Identification)
Test Includes: Conventional biochemicals; susceptibility testing [for epidemiological purposes only]; Beta-lactamase.

Reporting

Results Available: 5-7 days Contact #s: (512) 458-7582

Reference

Method: Conventional biochemicals; susceptibility testing [for epidemiological purposes only]; Beta-lactamase.
Turnaround Time:  5-7 days Reference Range:  By report
Limitations: Organism must be viable.   Interpretation: Identification of N. gonorrhoeae is a sexually transmitted disease reportable to the Department of State Health Services HIV/STD section.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: See Gonorrhea Culture (Isolation) Sample Type: Pure culture.
Volume/Amount Required: One specimen per patient Preferred Specimen:  Pure Culture on appropriate media.
Collection/Preservation: Keep at atmospheric conditions favorable for the growth of N. gonorrhoeae. Storage Instructions: Store at appropriate atmospheric conditions.
Causes for Rejection: No identifying marks on sample and/or paperwork, broken in transport Sample Container: Agar slant in screw cap tube or agar plate in saf-t-pak transport
Sample Test Kit: Availability: Tested Monday – Friday
Diagnostic Information:Neisseria gonorrhoeae has growth requirements, which include 3-6% CO2 and appropriate media such as Thayer-Martin or Chocolate agar.  Refrigeration of N. gonorrhoeae is NOT recommended.   Overnight shipment is recommended. In the event of a suspected Sexual Abuse issue, please ensure that culture is submitted utilizing a chain of custody procedure. 

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B Specimen Handling: Handle as an infectious agent. Take care to prevent transfer of organism to conjuctiva.
Transport Temperature:  Ambient  temperature Shipping Requirements: Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents.

Billing

CPT Code: 87077 Fees:


Microbiology
Gonorrhea (Culture – Genetic Probe)
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Microbiology - Gonorrhea (Culture – Genetic Probe)
Test Includes: GEN-PROBE APTIMA COMBO 2® Assay

Reporting

Results Available: 2-3 days Contact #s: (512) 458-7657

Reference

Method: GEN-PROBE APTIMA COMBO 2® Assay
Turnaround Time:  2-3 days   Reference Range:  Negative for Neisseria gonorrhoea
Limitations: Results dependent on adequacy of sampling. Refer to package insert of the appropriate GEN-PROBE specimen collection kit. The APTIMA COMBO 2® Assay is not intended for the evaluation of suspected sexual abuse or for other medico-legal indications. Interpretation: Negative results indicate that the patient does not have detectable amounts of N. gonorrhoeae rRNA.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Only specimens collected in APTIMA ®collection kits can be processed for testing. There are three kits we use for our testing;
APTIMA® Urine Specimen Collection Kit for Male and Female Urine Specimens
APTIMA® Unisex Swab Specimen Collection Kit for Endocervical and Male Urethral Swab Specimens
APTIMA® Vaginal Swab Specimens kit
Sample Type: Female urine, vaginal and endocervical swab. Male urine and urethral swab.
Volume/Amount Required: Refer to package insert of APTIMA® Specimen Collection Kit for detailed directions. Preferred Specimen:  Urine (Male or Female);
Female Endocervical Swab;
Female Vaginal Swab;
Male Urethral Swab
Collection/Preservation: Only swabs contained in the GEN-PROBE® APTIMA®specimen collection kit can be used to collect patient specimens. Storage Instructions: Store at ambient temperature.
Causes for Rejection: Wrong name on collection tube, two swabs in tube, no swab on tube, a cleaning swab or a swab not supplied by GEN-PROBE. Urine must fall between the two black indicator lines on the tube label. Sample Container: APTIMA® Urine Specimen Collection Kit for Male and Female Urine Specimens,swabs
APTIMA® Unisex Swab Specimen Collection Kit for Endocervical and Male Urethral Swab Specimens and APTIMA® Vaginal Swab Specimens
Sample Test Kit: GEN-PROBE APTIMA 2 COMBO ASSAY Availability: Tested Monday – Friday.
Diagnostic Information:  GEN-PROBE APTIMA COMBO 2® Assay is available only to those in STD and Family Planning Programs and to adolescent THSteps (EPSDT) patients for whom collectors are provided. Specimen requirements: Female urine, vaginal swab, or endocervical swab and male urine and urethral swabs using the appropriate GEN-PROBE® APTIMA®Specimen Collection Kit. Only swabs contained in the GEN-PROBE® APTIMA® specimen collection kit can be used to collect patient specimens. See Chlamydia (Genetic Probe).

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B, G-THSTEPS for THSteps Medicaid Specimen Handling: body fluid handled with universal precautions
Transport Temperature:  Ambient temperature (2°-30°C) Shipping Requirements: In accordance with federal shipping regulations for diagnostic specimens, noninfectious.

Billing

CPT Code: 87591 Fees:


Microbiology
Granuloma Inguinale (Microscopic - Direct)
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Microbiology - Granuloma Inguinale (Microscopic - Direct)
Test Includes: Microscopic Examination

Reporting

Results Available: Contact #s:

Reference

Method:  
Turnaround Time: Reference Range:
Limitations: Interpretation:

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Sample Type:
Volume/Amount Required: Preferred Specimen:  Exudate
Collection/Preservation: Storage Instructions:
Causes for Rejection: Sample Container:
Sample Test Kit: Availability:
Diagnostic Information:

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B Specimen Handling:
Transport Temperature: Shipping Requirements:

Billing

CPT Code: 87205 Fees:


Microbiology
Haemophilus species Culture (Identification)
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Microbiology - Haemophilus species Culture (Identification)
Test Includes: Conventional biochemicals, serotyping

Reporting

Results Available: 5-7 days Contact #s: (512) 458-7582

Reference

Method: Conventional biochemicals, serotyping.  
Turnaround Time:  5-7 days Reference Range:  By report
Limitations: Organism must be viable. Haemophilus species have special growth requirements that must be supplied in order for viability. Interpretation:  By report

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Sample Type: Pure culture.
Volume/Amount Required: One specimen per patient.  Preferred Specimen:  Pure Culture on appropriate media.
Collection/Preservation: Organism must be kept at appropriate atmospheric conditions to be viable for testing. Storage Instructions: Ambient temperature, appropriate atmospheric conditions.
Causes for Rejection: Broken in transport, expired transport media. Sample Container: Agar slant in screw cap tube, or agar plate in transport with appropriate atmospheric conditions.
Sample Test Kit: Availability: Tested Monday – Friday.
Diagnostic Information:  See Aerobic Bacterial Culture (Isolation)

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B Specimen Handling: Infectious agents, biosafety level 2.
Transport Temperature:  Ambient  temperature < 48 hours Shipping Requirements: Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents.

Billing

CPT Code: 87077 Fees:


Microbiology
Haemophilus species Culture (Typing H. influenzae only)
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Microbiology - Haemophilus species Culture (Typing H. influenzae only)
Test Includes: Serological testing

Reporting

Results Available:  5-7 days. Contact #s:  (512) 458-7582

Reference

Method: Slide agglutination test  
Turnaround Time: 5-7 days Reference Range:  By report  
Limitations: Organism must be confirmed as biochemically H. influenzae for culture typing to be valid test result. Organism must be viable for culture typing. Interpretation:  By report  

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Sample Type:  Pure culture.
Volume/Amount Required: One specimen per patient. Preferred Specimen:  Pure culture on appropriate media.
Collection/Preservation: Organism must be kept at appropriate atmospheric conditions. Storage Instructions:  Ambient temperature, appropriate atmospheric conditions.
Causes for Rejection: No identifying marks on sample and/or paperwork. Sample Container: Agar slant in screw cap tube, or agar plate in transport with appropriate atmospheric conditions.
Sample Test Kit: Availability: Tested Monday – Friday.
Diagnostic Information:H. influenzae strains are typed only when from sterile sources. H. influenzae strains from critical sources are sent to the CDC if untypeable. At present, all H. influenzae isolated from > 5 years of age are submitted to the CDC for special studies.

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2B Specimen Handling: Infectious agent, Biosafety level 2
Transport Temperature:  5-7 days Shipping Requirements: Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents.

Billing

CPT Code: 87077 Fees:


Microbiology
Hantavirus (Serological – Enzyme Immunoassay)
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Microbiology - Hantavirus (Serological – Enzyme Immunoassay)
Test Includes:

Reporting

Results Available: Contact #s:

Reference

Method:  
Turnaround Time:  5-7 days Reference Range:  <1.00
Limitations: Interpretation:

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Collection: Venipuncture Sample Type: Serum
Volume/Amount Required: 2 mL Serum Preferred Specimen:  Single Serum
Collection/Preservation: Red top or tiger top tube Storage Instructions: Separated serum may be held at 2-8°C
Causes for Rejection: Discrepancy between name on tube and name on form, insufficient quantity of serum for testing Sample Container: Red top or tiger top tube
Sample Test Kit: Availability: Test performed by request
Diagnostic Information:  Sin nombre hantavirus is a major cause of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a severe and often fatal form of adult respiratory distress. Sera are tested for the presence of IgG and IgM antibodies specific for Sin Nombre virus.  Recent infection is indicated by the presence of IgM antibody. Further investigation can be done on tissue specimens or specimens from rodents at the CDC.

Specimen Submission

Required Request Form: G-2A Specimen Handling: Use Universal Precautions
Transport Temperature: Cold (2-8º C) on ice packs if received within 48 hours from time of collection.  Frozen (≤-20°) on dry ice if received more than 48 hours from time of collection. Shipping Requirements: Triple contain, separated serum may be shipped on cold packs (2-8°C), or frozen (-20°C) and mailed on dry ice.

Billing

CPT Code: 86790 Fees:


Last updated August 26, 2013