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Rickettsia rickettsii (RMSF) by Real-Time PCR
Collect: Yellow top tube (ACD solution A) - whole blood OR Tick
For Blood :
•Completely fill the tube whenever possible to eliminate dilution from the anticoagulant and ensure the proper blood-to-anticoagulant ratio. •Immediately after blood collection, invert the tube(s) gently 8-10 times to ensure mixing of anticoagulant with blood to prevent clotting.
•Do not shake tube(s).
•Do not centrifuge specimen.
•Ticks can be submitted alive or dead.
•Do not place in alcohol, burn, or place on tape.
Storage/Transport Temperature: Room Temperature
Blood: Transport Original Tube
Tick: Clean non-additive container or zip-lock bag.
Blood: Room Temperature: 48 hours;
Tick: Room Temperature: Typically 3-5 days but may vary.
NOTE: * This test is approved for all states. *
MDL (Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories) Causes for Rejection