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Description:This image depicts the right hand of a laboratorian holding a Nobuto blood strip that had been soaked in a blood specimen, saturating the working narrow end of the strip, which would then be thoroughly dried prior to being mailed to a diagnostic facility.
This strip consists of a 5- by 30-mm section for adsorption of 0.1 ml of whole blood, or serum, and a 10- by 18-mm section for support during collection and drying. The 5- by 30-mm section is saturated with blood or serum, shaken gently to remove excess fluid, and air-dried.

Serological surveys can be conducted using sera separated from whole blood, or by Nobuto blood strips. Whole blood should NEVER be shipped because the clotting and deterioration that occurs in transit can interfere with laboratory tests. The narrow portion of the Nobuto strips should be thoroughly soaked with blood so that enough serum can be extracted for testing.

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