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Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax) (PCR)

Please call prior to shipping or dropping off your specimen (701) 231-7527 or (701) 231-8307. Prior notification helps to ensure same day test results. 

Samples must be received by 11:00 am of the test day to ensure the reported turn around time.

See submission guide for sample collection and submission guidelines.

Peripheral blood is the preferred specimen* in cattle. Test requires 1 ml of liquid sample. Send blood samples in EDTA or red top tube without serum separator gel (plastic tube, if available). Spleen is also acceptable. Blood can be falsely negative in horses or swine. In addition to blood submit exudate or affected lymph nodes from these species.

Please DO NOT send syringes with needles still attached.

Suggested Shipping Protocol: Place primary sample container (blood in blood collection tube) inside a secondary leak proof container such as a sealable bag with sufficient absorbent material to absorb liquid contents in the event of a spill or breakage; ship on frozen ice pack. Place paperwork inside separate sealable bag. Place all items above within an insulated inner box or pouch and label inner package “Anthrax suspect.” Do not write on the outer box. Place the inner package inside a rigid outer cardboard box.  Label for Biological Substance Category B, UN3373. Next day delivery is recommended.

Method: PCR
Samples Accepted: EDTA whole blood*, Tissues (spleen*, lymph node), exudates
Species: Bovine, Canine, Feline, Equine, Ovine, Caprine, Porcine, Wildlife Exotic, Other
Fee: $50.00
Days Tested: MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI
Turn Around Time: 24 hours
Lab Section: Molecular Diagnostics