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.