Item Value
Test name Botulism Toxin, Adults and Children > 12 months old
Available Stat? No
Turn around times 2-4 days typically but may take up to 2 weeks
In House Availability Sent out Monday-Friday, day shift only
Test run Monday-Friday at the State Laboratory.
Performed by California State Public Health Reference Laboratory
Normal range Negative
Container type Gold top
Amount to Collect 30 mL blood
Collection Instructions Patient's physician must discuss the case and receive approval for submission of specimens from the SF Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Control Unit (415) 554-2830, 24 hours/day, 7 days/wk. The patient's physician will then be contacted by the State Communicable Disease Control Duty Officer of the Day for approval PRIOR to submission of specimens.

Pre-Antitoxin blood: Collect 30 mL blood (Gold top vacutainers x 6), label with patient name, MR#, time & date of collection and "Pre-antitoxin"

Additional samples: To be collected ONLY when recommended by the public health epidemiologist.
(a) 25 gm feces unpreserved or 25 ml of a sterile water enema. Transport immediately to lab or refrigerate.
(b) 25 ml gastric aspirate, if taken within 72 hours of symptom onset. Transport immediately to lab or refrigerate.

Label all samples with patient name, MR# and date and time of collection.

An SFPH laboratory request form must be printed out, completed and sent with a Microbiology requisition and sample to lab Click here for form
Sample type Serum (see Collection instructions)

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667