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Tularemia Antibody

Updated

9/22/2009

Other Names Rabbit Fever, Deerfly Fever
How to Order
Check the Tularemia  box on the Virology/Immunology Request (Form 42)
Availability
All Clients
Methodology
Bacterial Agglutination
Performed
Weekly
Time to Reporting
1 to 6 working days after receipt of specimen.
CPT Code
86668


Specimen Collection Details

Collection
One 7 mL red top or serum separator (SST) tube.
Optimal Volume
Blood: 5-7 mL; Serum: 1-2 mL
Minimum Volume
Blood: 3 mL; Serum: 1 mL
Handling
After blood clots, keep specimen refrigerated until transport. If possible remove the serum from the clot as soon as possible. DO NOT FREEZE. Sample must be tested within 7 days of collection.
Transport
Refrigerated at 2-8┬░ C.
Rejection Criteria
Lipemic or grossly hemolyzed specimens; specimens received without proper patient identifiers on specimen tube and/or request form; and specimens received with requests without submitter information will be rejected.
Comments
Cross-reactions may occur between Brucella and F. tularensis antigens and antisera, therefore, parallel tests should be run with these antigens.