|Description:||This image depicts methods by which blood specimens collected during a epidemiologic plague investigation must be shipped to an appropriate laboratory diagnostic facility. At left, 1). A glass vial containing a Nobuto blood strip, which had been soaked in a blood specimen and dried, 2). A glass vial containing a 1ml serum vial, and 3). A blood collection tube containing whole blood. See PHIL 14319, for a detailed view of the Nobuto test strip.
Whole blood should NEVER be shipped because the clotting and deterioration that occurs in transit can interfere with laboratory tests. Therefore, one should send either a Nobuto test strip, or a serum specimen, for neither needs to be refrigerated during shipping. When labeling these specimens, one must use ½ inch waterproof adhesive tape, and waterproof marker. The labels must be able to withstand hot water and still be transferrable to a new vial.