PCR: Ebola Zaire

Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure #:  BTA0039

CPT:  87798

CR: Ebola Zaire


Ebola PCR

Requisition Form


Test Description

Detection of  Ebola Zaire RNA by PCR

Pre-Approval Needed

DSHS Epidemiology consultation with physician. Must notify BioThreat Team prior to sample submission: (512) 689-5537

Supplemental Information Required


Supplemental Form(s)


Performed on Specimens from (sources)


Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

  • Whole blood
  • Serum
  • Plasma
  • Urine (with paired blood sample only)

Minimum Volume/Size Required

1 ml for fluids

Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping

Clinical samples

  • 2-8°C (cold)
  • can be stored up to 7 days

Serum and plasma

  • may be frozen at <-70°C if a delay is anticipated

Transport Medium

Purple top EDTA tubes for blood

Specimen Labeling

  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record number)
  • Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.

Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements

  • Ship according to Dangerous Good Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.
  • Handled as infectious agent using universal precautions.
  • Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents.
  • See also Emergency Preparedness resources online.
  • Notify BioThreat Team prior to sample submission: (512) 689-5537



Turn-around Time

1 day after receipt


Improper storage or shipping temperatures may limit organism recovery.

Common Causes for Rejection

  • Insufficient quantity
  • unacceptable specimen type or source
  • improper shipping conditions
  • expired media or collection container
  • discrepancies between specimen label and submission form
  • incomplete or missing submission form

Additional Information


Last updated June 2, 2021