Specimen Submission

The Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB), in the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP) performs a variety of diagnostic techniques for hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

Who May Submit Specimens and How Should They Be Submitted?

State Health Departments

See the protocol for specimen submission for information on submitting specimens.

U.S. Physicians

Please contact your state health department before sending specimens to CDC.

Non U.S. Physicians

Testing at CDC is done only with prior consultation. Please call the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100 or email spather@cdc.gov for questions.

Individuals other than physicians or appropriate state health department employees

Private citizens may not submit specimens to CDC for testing. If you feel that diagnostic testing is necessary, consult your physician or state health department.

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