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Specimen Submission

The Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB), in the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP) performs a variety of diagnostic techniques for hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

Who May Submit Specimens and How Should They Be Submitted?

State Health Departments

See the protocol for specimen submission for information on submitting specimens.

U.S. Physicians

Please contact your state health department before sending specimens to CDC.

Non U.S. Physicians

Because of the hazard associated with handling specimens and virus isolation, testing is only done with prior consultation. Without prior consultation the choice of tests and the availability of appropriate specimens may delay the initiation of testing. During normal business hours (8:00AM – 4:30PM EST) the VSPB phone number is (404) 639-1510.

Individuals other than physicians or appropriate state health department employees

Private citizens may not submit specimens to CDC for testing. If you feel that diagnostic testing is necessary, consult your physician or state health department.

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