Burkholderia PCR

PCR: Burkholderia mallei/pseudomallei

Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure #: BTA0026

CPT: 87798



Melioidosis or Burkholdeia pseudomallei, glanders or Burkholderia mallei PCR

Requisition Form


Test Description

Detection of Burkholderia mallei/pseudomallei DNA by PCR

Pre-Approval Needed

Must notify BioThreat Team prior to sample submission: (512) 689-5537.

Supplemental Information Required


Supplemental Form(s)


Performed on Specimens from (sources)

  • Non-Human (Bacterial)

  • Human

  • Environmental 

Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

  • Culture isolates

  • Whole blood

  • Serum

  • Environmental specimens

Minimum Volume/Size Required

Culture isolates

  • 1 plate or slant

Clinical samples

  • 1 mL

Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping

 Culture isolates

  • Ambient

Clinical or environmental samples

  • 2-8 °C (cold)

Transport Medium


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.

Non-Human or Environmental

  • Sample identification must match submission form.

Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements

  • Ship according to Dangerous Good Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.

  • Handled as infectious agent using universal precautions. 

  • Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents. 

  • See also Emergency Preparedness resources online..

Notify BioThreat Team prior to sample submission: (512) 689-5537.



Turn-around Time

Preliminary result 1 day after receipt, final result 1- 21 days


Improper storage or shipping temperatures may limit organism recovery.

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

May be paired with Definitive ID: Brucella species.