Item Value
Test name Rabies, Antigen (DFA) & Culture
Available Stat? No
Performed by California Department of Public Health, CDC
Normal range Negative
Container type Red top , sputum cup, CSF tube or sterile collection tube
Collection Instructions Call Microbiology (415-353-1268) for assistance in arranging specimen collection and referral to State Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Laboratory via SFPH

Submit all sample types whenever possible: saliva, CSF, serum, and skin biopsy of posterior hairline.

For cases of suspected human rabies, call the VRDL Medical Epidemiology and Liaison Section (MELS) at 510-307-8585 for a consultation.
Sample type Skin biopsy, Saliva, CSF

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667