Requirements for Submitting Diagnostic Specimens/Cases to IDPB

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  1. U.S. health care professionals – first consult with your state health department regarding any sample submissions.
  2. Send an email to with:
    1. A brief clinical history
    2. A copy of the surgical pathology report or autopsy report (prelim reports are acceptable)
    3. A listing of available formalin-fixed specimen types (wet tissue, paraffin blocks, and/or slides)
    4. Relevant clinical, gross pathology, or microscopic pathology digital images, as available
  3. After you receive approval by email to submit the case to IDPB:
    1. Electronically fill, save, and print both pages of the Specimen Submission Form CDC 50.34.
      1. The form must be filled electronically to generate 3 barcodes required for accessioning
      2. E-mail addresses of the Original and Intermediate submitters (if any) are mandatory fields
    2. Select Test Order Code CDC-10365 (Pathologic Evaluation of Tissues for Possible Infectious Etiologies)
    3. Click on links below for specific syndrome based tissue collection instructions:
  4. Mailing/Contact Info:
    1. Ship to Dr. Jana Ritter, CDC, IDPB, 1600 Clifton Rd NE, MS: H18-SB, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
    2. Mail in suitable packaging for delivery Monday-Friday, excluding Federal holidays
    3. Send tracking number to
    4. Tel: 404-639-3132, eFax: 404-638-5358, Email: