Definitive ID: Francisella tularensis

Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure #:  BTA0008

CPT:  87077

Definitive ID: Francisella tularensis
Synonym(s): Francisella tularensis, francisella or Rabbit fever PCR
Requisition Form G-27A
Test Description Culture identification for Francisella tularensis
Pre-Approval Needed Must notify BioThreat Team prior to sample submission: (512) 689-5537
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Pure culture isolate, blood, aspirate, tissue, autopsy
Minimum Volume/Size Required Culture isolates 1 plate or slant, 1 ml for fluids
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping Culture isolates ambient, clinical samples 2-8° (cold), keep tissue moist
Transport Medium N/A
Specimen Labeling

•   At least 2 patient specific identifiers: First and last name as one identifier and a DOB or a unique patient specific identifier (e.g. Medical record number).

•   Specimen 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

Method PCR
Turn-around Time Preliminary result 1 day after receipt, final result 1-21 days
Interferences/Limitations Material must be viable.  Improper storage or shipping temperatures may limit organism recovery.
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: Francisella tularensis