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, and 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

  • At least 2 patient specific identifiers: First and last name as one identifier and a DOB or a unique patient specific identifier (e.g. Medical record number).
  • Specimen identification must 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.

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, and/or incomplete or missing submission form

Additional Information


Last updated April 23, 2021