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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!
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Links:CDC - National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases; Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases; Plague Home Page
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