Submitting Specimens for Vector-Borne Bacterial Tests

What to know

  • Contact your state or local health department to facilitate diagnostic testing of vector-borne bacterial specimens.
  • Health departments can determine if samples should be sent to CDC's Bacterial Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory in the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases for further testing.
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Specimen submission guidelines

CDC's Bacterial Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory serves as a national reference diagnostic laboratory for bacterial diseases caused by Borrelia species, Bartonella henselae, Bartonella quintana, Francisella species, and Yersinia pestis. Testing is provided free of charge to approved agencies.

  1. Samples should be sent through your local or state public health laboratory or with their approval. Final reports of test results are returned to the submitting public health laboratory.
  2. There are currently two methods for submitters to submit specimens for testing. The CDC Test Order and Reporting (CSTOR) Web Portal (preferred) and the CDC 50.34 Specimen Submission Form. A separate submission is required for each test requested. Who May Submit Specimens provides guidance for sample submission and information about the CSTOR Web Portal and the CDC Form 50.34.
  3. Required information for testing is listed under each specific test in the CDC test directory. The links below will direct you to the CDC test directory.
  4. For each test, the following information can be found by using the links below: acceptable sample type; minimum volume requirement; collection, storage and preservation of specimen; specimen transport; turnaround time; and points of contact.
  5. CDC does not accept routine shipments on weekends or holidays. Please make sure packages arrive Monday–Friday.

Test codes for samples

Pathogen & Test Test code
Bartonella henselae / B. quintana Culture and Identification CDC-10561
Bartonella henselae / B. quintana Serology CDC-10486
Bartonella quintana Molecular Detection CDC-10554
Bartonella Special Study CDC-10297
Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) Serology CDC-10298
Borrelia Culture and Identification CDC-10299
Borrelia Serology—Soft Tick Relapsing Fever CDC-10399
Borrelia Molecular Detection—Relapsing Fever CDC-10532
Borrelia Special Study CDC-10300
Francisella tularensis Culture and Identification CDC-10313
Francisella tularensis Molecular Detection CDC-10546
Francisella tularensis Serology CDC-10314
Francisella tularensis Special Study CDC-10315
Yersinia pestis Culture and Identification CDC-10418
Yersinia pestis Molecular Detection CDC-10547
Yersinia pestis Serology CDC-10419
Yersinia pestis Special Study CDC-10420