Tularemia (Francisella tularensis) Serology

Specimen Collection and Handling

Limitations

Haemolysed, icteric, lipemic or microbially contaminated sera or plasma are not recommended for testing.

Preparation Prior to Transport

Centrifuge if using SST. Label specimens with at least two identifiers; place it in biohazard bag and seal. Specimens should be stored at 2-8°C following collection and shipped to PHOL on ice packs.

Special Instructions

An acute (collected early after the onset of symptoms) and a convalescent (collected 2-3 weeks later) may be required for laboratory diagnosis.

Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)

Tularemia Agglutination testing is performed once per week.
TAT is up to 10 days.

Reporting

Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.

Additional Information

More information can also be found in the document titled:LAB-SD-077, Coxiella burnettii, Brucella spp and Francisella tularensis.

Updated 21 Dec 2018