Bacillus spp. identification

 Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure #: MAA0027A

CPT:  87077 

Synonym(s): Bacillus spp. definitive ID, Spore forming bacillus, NOT Bacillus anthracis
Requisition Form G-2B
Test Description Identification of spore-forming Bacillus spp.
Pre-Approval Needed N/A
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human 
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Pure isolate

Minimum Volume/Size Required

At least one viable colony

Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping

Room temperature or refrigerated

Transport Medium

Any medium that supports growth

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 Goods Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.

•   Ship specimens overnight Monday-Thursday, to avoid weekend deliveries.

Method MALDI-TOF Mass Spec, Bacterial culture
Turn-around Time  3-21 days
Interferences/Limitations Material must be viable.
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 For suspected Bacillus anthracis, notify Biothreat team 512-776-3781.

Last updated December 10, 2021