|Description:||This image depicts a Nobuto test strip that had been soaked in a collected blood sample, and dried in accordance with required laboratory protocols, and its accompanying data card. Note that this specimen was collected from a coyote.|
Dried strips may be mailed without fear of specimen degradation, or the need for refrigeration, unlike a whole blood sample. Whole blood should NEVER be shipped because the clotting and deterioration that occurs in transit can interfere with laboratory tests. Also, just as important, is the inclusion of a properly-completed data card. Test results are useless unless the exact location of each positive sample can be plotted on a map to identify probably plague foci. Each sample must be given an individual field number that is unique, and can be recalled for future reference. A specimen without data is no specimen!