PCR: Francisella tularensis

Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure #: BTA0028

CPT: 87798

PCR: Francisella tularensis



Francisella tularensisfrancisella, Rabbit fever

Requisition Form


Test Description

Detection of Francisella tularensis 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)


Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Pure 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°C (cold), keep tissue moist

Transport Medium


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



Turn-around Time

Preliminary result 1 day after receipt, final result 21 days


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

May be paired with Definitive Identification: Francisella tularensis