|Description:||This image depicts a small tube containing a whole blood specimen that had been sealed with a cork stopper, and labeled using a bright-white, water-repellant, heavy-duty tape, which had been marked with the symbols “Az-1”. Also present was the roll of tape from which the label had originated, the bottle that contained the tape, which was labeled “Orthaletic adhesive tape”.|
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. Just as important, is the inclusion of a properly-completed data card (see PHIL 14321). 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!