Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #: BTA0001
CPT: 87077


Brucellosis, Brucella abortus, Brucella canis, Brucella melitensis, Brucella suis

Requisition Form


Test Description

Culture Identification for Brucella species

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)

  • Culture isolates
  • Blood
  • Body fluid
  • Tissues
  • Environmental/nonclinical sample

Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Pure culture isolates

Minimum Volume/Size Required

1 agar slant or plate

Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping

Culture isolates

  • Ambient

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


Conventional biochemical methods

Turn-around Time

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


Material must be viable. 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, and/or incomplete or missing submission form

Additional Information

Will be paired with PCR: Brucella species