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    MC 1947
    PO Box 149347 Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 W. 49th Street
    Austin, TX 78756-3199

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Molecular Biology - Testing by Organism

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- Molecular Biology Home | Molecular Testing by Organism | PulseNet Lab: South Central Region -

Organism Testing method Specimen requirements Expected results turn-around Testing frequency
Testing by Organism
Arboviruses (EEE, WEE, SLE) Real-time PCR Specimens are received from the Arbovirus-Entomology Team 14 days Weekly
Bordetella species (pertussis, parapertussis, and holmesii) Real-time PCR Collection Requirements: Submit as Rayon or Dacro non-bloody swab with aluminum or plastic handle without transport media. Transport: Must be transported on wet ice or cold packs (not dry ice). Specimens must be shipped within 48 hours of collection and received at DSHS within 7 days of collection Within two working days of receipt, though next day is typical. Daily M-F
E. coli Real-time PCR Specimens are received from the Clinical Bacteriology Team as a pure isolate on an agar slant. 11 days Weekly
E. coli, Pseudomonas species, Neisseria meningitides strains, Ralstonia species, Acinetobacter species, Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA), Enterococcus species, Streptococcus species, Serratia species, Pseudomonas fluorescens, and Listeria species PFGE Specimens are received from the Clinical Bacteriology Team as a pure isolate on an agar slant. 14 days Daily M-F
Norovirus Real-time PCR Non-bloody and non-dried stool specimens are the only accepted sample types. An acceptable specimen should not contain any preservatives or transport media.
Submitters must send at least 200-400 µL of fresh stool in a dry container.
Stool samples are to be transported on wet ice or cold packs (not dry ice) and stored refrigerated until processed for RNA extractions.
Within two working days of specimen receipt. Within 24 hours of specimen receipt.

Plasmodium

Real-time PCR

Specimens requirements: At least 0.2 ml fresh or frozen whole blood or blood that has been treated with citrate, heparin, or EDTA. Typical sample is contained in a purple top vacutainer.

Within two working days of receipt, though next day is typical

As needed, M-F

Serology and PFGE Send as a pure isolate on an agar slant. Real-time PCR 14 days Daily M-F
Shigella Serology and PFGE Send as a pure isolate on an agar slant. 14 days Daily M-F
West Nile Virus Real-time PCR Specimens are received from the Arbovirus-Entomology Team 14 days Weekly

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Tori Ponson
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(512) 776-6510
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Lab phone: (512) 776-7784
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Laboratory Services Section
Department of State Health Services, Mail Code 1947
PO Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347

Last updated May 28, 2014