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Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) - IgG

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Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) IgG to Coxiella burnetii.

Test Category:
Coxiella burnetii
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Q fever

Serum sample. Minimum volume required – 0.5 mL.

Collection Method:

Submit in a sterile microcentrifuge tube.

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Store samples refrigerated or frozen until shipped for testing. Ship frozen samples on dry ice, and refrigerated samples on wet ice

Transportation of Dangerous Goods:

Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.

Patient Criteria:

Suspected Q fever infection.

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Rickettsia and Related Zoonotic Diseases requisition including sender name, address and telephone number. Patient name or identifier (referring lab #), date of birth, suspected exposure, test(s) requested, clinical history vaccination history. Type of specimen and date collected. If possible, include the antibiotics administered and travel history.



Methods and Interpretation of Results:

Samples are screened for antibody to C. burnetii phase I and phase II antigen using the Focus Diagnostics Q fever IFA IgG and IgM kits.

Turnaround Time:

15 calendar days.

Phone #: (204) 789-7037
Fax: (204) 789-2018
  1. Fournier PE, TJ Marrie, D Raoult. Diagnosis of Q fever. J Clin Micro 1998;36(7):1823-1834.
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