EHRLICHIA DETECTION BY AMPLIFIED PROBE (EHD)
: Molecular Infectious Disease
: EHD, Ehrlichia DNA, Ehrlichia PCR
: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
: Not detected
: CSF container - 1.0 mL , lavender top (EDTA) - 4.0 mL
: CSF or whole blood
: Need Medical Director approval
: CSF container - 1.0 mL, lavender top (EDTA) - 1.0 mL
: 1.0 mL
: 0.5 mL
: Refrigerated: 1 week; -80C longer than 1 week
: Refrigerated: 1 week; -80C: longer than 1 week
Reasons for Rejection
: Alternative specimen sent without Medical Director approval
: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
: Once per day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (batched)
: 1 - 3 days
: Human ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne rickettsial disease of great public health concern in the United States. Clinical diagnosis of ehrlichiosis has been difficult because of its nonspecific presentation, which includes fever, headache, myalgias, arthralgias, and nausea. Ehrlichiosis is easily confused with other illnesses such as influenza and other tick-borne zoonoses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. PCR methods enable early, specific diagnosis and treatment of erhrlichiosis.
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