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CLOSTRIDIUM BOTULINUM TOXIN

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code SUPL
Performed by? Ca. State Dept. of Public Health (MDL)
Sendout? yes, through the Microbiology Division
Method in-vivo reference test
Container type Gold top gel tubes (red top non-gel tubes acceptable)
Amount to Collect 30 mL pre-antitoxin blood
Min. Volume 30 mL
Special instructions Blood specimen MUST be collected BEFORE administration of antitoxin.

Please refer to the Botulism Antitoxin Procurement Chart for steps required to obtain botulism antitoxin from the California Department of Health Services.
Synonyms Botulism;
Turn around times 4-15 days
Additional information For suspected or confirmed food borne or wound botulism call MDL (510) 412-3700 and SFDPH (415) 554-2830.

Specimens: Pre-antitoxin serum 6 – 6 mL gold top gel tubes (red non-gel tubes acceptable); also collect (only as directed by the public health epidemiologist) stool-collected before antitoxin; vomitus; foods; other.

Perishable foods must be kept refrigerated or frozen until delivered to laboratory. (Do not freeze foods unless already frozen.) Refrigerate sera and stools. Hand deliver to Laboratory.

If infant botulism is suspected, call MDL Pediatrician at (510) 231-7600 before submitting specimen. The appropriate specimen is 10 gm of stool.

Last Updated 3/8/2010 11:19:16 AM
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