A real-time PCR that detects DNA of Rickettsia of the spotted fever group.
A real-time PCR that detects DNA of Rickettsia of the typhus group.
Biopsy/skin flakes of eschar/rash:
Alternative: Take a dry and sterile flocked swab by making three rotating movements against the side of the skin lesion. Immediately store the swab at 4°C in a dry place.
Only in the absence of skin abnormalities (lowest sensitivity): EDTA blood (min. 2ml)
Samples that were stored at 4°C can be sent at room temperature.
Samples that were stored at -20°c have to be sent on dry ice.
Transport time has to be kept to a minimum (avoid transportation during weekends and holydays).
This tests are only performed for diagnosis during the acute phase of the disease (until 7-15 days after the onset of symptoms) (EDTA blood) or as long as lesions are present (biopsy/ skin flakes). Please indicate on the request form which PCR should be performed.
See ‘How frequently do we perform this analysis?’
ISO 15189 – Belac 147-MED
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