Serum/Plasma Specimens - Specimen Submission
To submit a specimen for antibody testing for parasitic diseases:
- For routine requests, submit the specimen to the appropriate city, county or state health department laboratory for processing and examination (see http://www.aphl.orgExternal). The specimens will be referred to CDC if necessary.
- For an emergency, call the Immunodiagnostic Laboratory of the Division of Parasitic Diseases at (770) 488-4431 to make arrangements.
Clinical specimens such as serum, CSF, and eye fluids must be triple packed in a primary receptacle, water tight secondary packaging, and a durable outer package for shipment as required by international regulations for biological agents of human disease. Figure 1 shows correct labeling and packaging of specimens (https://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/bmbl4/b4acf1.htm):
- Label the specimen tube with the patient ID and seal with waterproof tape. Wrap the tube in absorbent packing material.
- Place the specimen tube in secondary packaging.
- Place the secondary package in the outer packaging (i.e., the shipping container). Label the shipping container “Clinical Specimen” on the outside of the package.
- Include the following information: submitter’s name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address; patient’s name, age, brief clinical history, and travel history; specimen collection date; and test(s) requested.
- Ship at room temperature by overnight/2 day carrier.
Additional information about shipping regulations may be found at:
- Guidelines for the Safe Transport of Infectious Substances and Diagnostic Specimens, (World Health OrganizationExternal)
- The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, (International Air Transport Association) http://www.iata.org/ps/publications/dgr/Pages/index.aspxExternal
- Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 100-185. Hazardous Materials regulations (Department of Transportation) http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regsExternal
- Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 72. Interstate shipment of etiologic agents (Department of Health and Human Services) https://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/shipregs.htm
For additional information shipping serum or plasma, call the Division of Parasitic Diseases at (404) 718-4100.
DPDx is an educational resource designed for health professionals and laboratory scientists. For an overview including prevention, control, and treatment visit www.cdc.gov/parasites/.