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Specimen Submission Instructions and Reagent Ordering Forms

We Need Your Specimens to Improve Public Health

We’d like to collaborate with you! You can support public health by depositing your isolates in CDC’s Arboviral Reference Collection (ARC). The ARC offers long-term curation, maintenance, and distribution of valuable isolates. Contact the ARC staff about depositing your isolates for long-term curation, maintenance, and distribution.

Email the ARC: reagents2@cdc.gov

If you need reagents, visit our Arboviral Reagent Ordering System.

Instructions for submitting specimens to CDC diagnostic laboratories

You can submit specimens to CDC diagnostic laboratories by completing a specimen submission form. For details, refer to one of the following pages:

Note: Diagnostic specimens are now regulated by the DOT & ICAO/IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Anyone offering packages for transport containing diagnostic sample must be trained according to these regulations. For more information, please refer to CDC’s Scientific Resources Program.

Reagent ordering

The Division of Vector-Borne Diseases provides reagents that are not commercially available to state, local, and territorial public health laboratories for diagnostic testing of arboviruses and rickettsial zoonoses. Laboratories may request:

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