This real time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) molecular assay is intended for the qualitative detection of Francisella tularensis DNA from culture isolates exhibiting colony morphology and bio-chemical testing consistent with an agent of bioterrorism. Additional reflex testing at the GPHL may be used to confirm specific agents.
Submit a plate or slant exhibiting colony morphology and biochemical testing consistent with Francisella tularensis on BAP agar, CHOC agar or TSA slant.
Consultation with district epidemiologist required prior to submission.
Cultures can be maintained at room temperature (15-30°C) during transit.
Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
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- Not detected
- Missing testing requisition form
- Missing minimum of 2 patient identifiers
- Improper labeling
- Specimen damaged, broken, or leaked in transit
- Improper storage/transport of specimen
- No specimen received (empty collection tube).
- Wrong specimen type
- Low volume
1-2 business days
Turnaround times may be affected by the scale of the event.
33677-6 (Order code: BTC04005 culture)
This test will only be used in response to a biothreat event. Requestor must contact GPHL at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584) prior to submitting specimens for testing.