This real time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) molecular assay is intended for the qualitative detection of Yersinia pestis 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.
Exhibiting colony morphology and bio-chemical testing consistent with a BT agent. Culture with isolated colonies in BAP agar, CHOC agar or TSA slant.
Consultation with district epidemiologist required.
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
- Missing minimum of 2 patient identifiers
- Improper labeling
- Improper storage/transport of specimen
- No specimen received (empty collection tube).
- Wrong specimen type
- Specimen damages, broken, or leaking upon arrival
1-2 business days
Turnaround times may be affected by the scale of the event.
33686-7 (Order code: BTC06005)
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.