Skip Navigation Links
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
nav image
nav image CDC Home Search Health Topics A-Z
Emergency Preparedness & Response Home What's New Search Contact Us
Emergency Preparedness & Response
Site-wide links
Plague  Lesson 4
 Laboratory Issues - Clinicians

Overview

  • Laboratory confirmation is especially important for the first cases in a geographic area, as they will lead to treatment and isolation of additional suspected cases, post- or pre-exposure prophylaxis of those exposed, and other control measures.
  • Clinical diagnostic specimens should be collected immediately when you suspect plague and before antibiotics are administered.
  • You should make every effort to collect and preserve these specimens so that live bacteria can be observed for species confirmation and characterization.
  • Identification of a live isolate confirms the diagnosis and permits determination of the agent’s antimicrobial susceptibility and molecular signature.
  • PCR, antigen detection, or other non-viable test methods only provide presumptive identification.


Upper Left Corner Top Upper Right Corner
Left

Level A Lab

Right
Bottom Right Corner bottom Bottom Right Corner
 Back  Page 2 of 19  Next
  Top of Page


Home | What's New | Search

Page last reviewed February 12, 2007
Page last modified September 7, 2004

  • Content source: CDC Emergency Risk Communication Branch (ERCB), Division of Emergency Operations (DEO), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
  •     
        Home   |   Policies and Regulations   |   Disclaimer   |   Contact Us
    Safer, Healthier People

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
    Tel: 404-639-3311  •  Public Inquiries: 800-CDC-INFO  •  TTY: 888-232-6348
    FirstGovHHS Department of Health
    and Human Services