The laboratory will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Tularemia- Francisella tularensis (PCR)

Preferred Sample

Lymph node aspirate, Tissue (liver, lymph node, spleen, lung), swab of ulcer, pulmonary washings (1 ml minimum)



Acceptable Samples

EDTA whole blood (1 ml minimum)*


Days Tested


Turnaround Time

24 hours


This assay targets the DNA of a portion of the 23KDa gene from the bacterium Francisella tularensis.


Canine | Feline | Equine | Wildlife Exotic | Other

Shipping Requirements

Please call prior to shipping or dropping off your specimen (701) 231-7527 or (701) 231-8307. Failure to notify the laboratory prior to submitting the specimen may result in a delay in test results. See Select Agent Submission Guide for packaging and shipping information.

Do not place any other samples in the box. If the sample is positive, all other samples in the same container will be destroyed.

Additional Instructions

Samples must be received by 12:00 pm of the test day to ensure the reported turn around time. Samples should be collected during the acute stage of disease prior to treatment.

*Blood is an appropriate sample only if the sample is collected prior to antimicrobial treatment. Lymph node aspirates or swabs of ulcers/lesions are preferred whenever available.