The Maryland Public Health Laboratory in Baltimore located at 1770 Ashland Avenue does not accept patients or provide phlebotomy service for specimen collection for testing. Please contact your healthcare provider or local Health Department to order Zika or related lab tests.
1. Lower Respiratory Specimens: sputum, broncheoalveolar lavage, tracheal aspirate
2. Upper Respiratory Specimens: nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs in viral transport media
Have the patient rinse the mouth with water and then expectorate deep cough sputum directly into a sterile, leak-proof, screw-cap sputum collection cup or sterile dry container.
b. Lower respiratory tract aspirates/washes (Broncheoalveolar lavage, tracheal aspirate)
Collect 2-3 mL into a sterile, leak-proof, screw-cap sputum collection cup or sterile dry container.
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