To submit a specimen
for antibody testing for parasitic diseases:
- For routine
submit the specimen to the appropriate city, county or state health department laboratory
for processing and examination (see
The specimens will be referred to CDC if
- For an emergency, call
the Immunodiagnostic Laboratory of the Division of Parasitic Diseases at (770)
488-4431 to make
Clinical specimens such as serum, CSF, and eye fluids must be triple packed in a primary receptacle, water tight secondary packaging, and a
durable outer package for shipment as required by international regulations for biological agents of human disease. Figure
shows correct labeling and packaging of specimens (http://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/bmbl4/b4acf1.htm):
- Label the specimen tube with the patient ID and seal with
waterproof tape. Wrap the tube in absorbent packing material.
- Place the specimen tube in secondary packaging.
- Place the secondary package in the outer packaging (i.e., the shipping
container). Label the shipping container "Clinical Specimen" on the outside of the package.
- Include the following information: submitter's name, address, phone
number, fax number, and e-mail address; patient's name, age, brief
clinical history, and travel history; specimen collection date; and
- Ship at room temperature by overnight/2 day carrier.
Additional information about shipping regulations may be found at:
- Guidelines for the
Safe Transport of Infectious Substances and Diagnostic Specimens, (World
- The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, (International Air Transport
- Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 100-185. Hazardous
Materials regulations (Department of Transportation)
- Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 72. Interstate shipment of
etiologic agents (Department of Health and Human Services)
information shipping serum or plasma, call the Division of Parasitic Diseases
at (404) 718-4100.