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  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    CLIA Certificate of Compliance for High Complexity Clinical Laboratory
  • EPA Environmental Protection Agency
    Ambient Air and Drinking Water Testing
  • Food Science Laboratories are accredited by ANAB to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Testing Laboratories
  • Forensic Science Laboratories are accredited by ANAB to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Testing Laboratories
    Federal Bureau of Investigations DNA Analysis & CODIS
  • Rhode Island Department of Health - In-State Analytical Laboratory Certificate
  • Rhode Island Department of Health - In-State Clinical Laboratory License

About

Information for

Programs

Publications

Regulations

Partners

Accreditations

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    CLIA Certificate of Compliance for High Complexity Clinical Laboratory
  • EPA Environmental Protection Agency
    Ambient Air and Drinking Water Testing
  • Food Science Laboratories are accredited by ANAB to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Testing Laboratories
  • Forensic Science Laboratories are accredited by ANAB to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Testing Laboratories
    Federal Bureau of Investigations DNA Analysis & CODIS
  • Rhode Island Department of Health - In-State Analytical Laboratory Certificate
  • Rhode Island Department of Health - In-State Clinical Laboratory License

Clinical Specimen Submission Guidance

Submit all specimens to 50 Orms St, Providence RI 02904. Open Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever PCR
Lab Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory 401-222-5538
Pathogen

Ebola virus

Disease Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola)
Test Description

CDC Ebola Virus Real-Time RT-PCR Assays performed at the RI State Health Laboratories (or other CDC designated laboratory)

Special Instructions

PRE-APPROVAL FOR TESTING IS MANDATORY. Physician must consult with RIDOH Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology at (401) 222-2577 immediately if Ebola virus infection is suspected.

For additional information refer to CDC guidance at: https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

CDC Specimen Collection Guidance is located at the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/interim-guidance-specimen-collection-submission-patients-suspected-infection-ebola.html

Specimen

Collect in Lavender top (EDTA) plastic tube

Minimum of 4.0 mL whole blood

Note: if collected in 3 mL tube, 2 tubes must be drawn (1.0 mL minimum acceptable for infants)

REJECTED: Specimen collected in glass tube

CLIA regulations require two patient identifiers on the specimen container and the test requisition

Form Required

Rhode Island State Health Laboratories (RISHL) Test Requisition Form https://health.ri.gov/laboratorytesting/

Test Request

Bio-threat Agent rule-out

Write in "Ebola" under Comments/Other test requests

Transport

After collection, specimens are to be transported to your hospital's laboratory in accordance with CDC Collection Guidance (see above link) where they will be appropriately packaged in accordance with current federal regulations as Category A Infectious Substances and transported to the RI State Health Laboratories.

Integrity SPECIMEN COLLECTED IN GLASS TUBE WILL BE REJECTED
Normal Value Specimen negative for Ebola virus RNA
Reporting Requirement Providers must report patient information on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever immediately using the RIDOH reportable disease form.
Turnaround Time

Approximately 4 hours from specimen receipt at State Laboratories