Polio Specimen Collection, Storage, and Shipment


Because specimen submission requirements for CLIA diagnostic testing are currently being updated, ALL submissions to CDC for diagnostic testing require pre-approval at this time. Please contact PicornaLab@cdc.gov before submitting specimens to CDC.

CDC’s Infectious Disease Laboratories provide guidance for polio specimen collection, storage, and shipment. Specimen and shipment details per test, as well as points of contact, can be found in the appropriate link below.

Important for U.S. patient samples: before sending specimens to CDC, please contact your state or local health department