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Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) - IgM

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Description:

Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) IgM to Coxiella burnetii.

Test Category:
Serology
Pathogen:
Coxiella burnetii
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Q fever
Specimen:

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.

Comments:

N/A

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.

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