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Test code MC
Performed by? Microbiology (Bacteriology)
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Price range $$$
In House Availability 7 days
Principle Yersinia pestis will grow in standard culture media. Identification by direct fluorescent antibody directly from a positive blood culture bottle, or confirmatory testing by phage susceptibility on a bacterial isolate is available through California State Microbial Diseases Laboratory.
Collection Instructions It is essential that you notify the Microbiology laboratory if you suspect a diagnosis of plague to ensure that culture is properly processed, identified rapidly, and appropriate safety measures are used in handling the culture.
Special instructions Alert The Lab

If a bioterrorism event is suspected, see the section on "Bioterrorism Agents."
Synonyms Yersinia Pestis;
References Quan TJ, Plague in American Public Health Association, Diagnostic Procedures for Bacterial Infections, 7th Ed, Chapter 25, 1987.
Last Updated 8/19/2009 1:19:35 PM
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