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Lab Sample Submission Manual:
Avian Influenza
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The EH Lab has curtailed EIA, AI, and Newcastle testing until further notice. (05/18/2010) See Letter.

General Information

Biological specimens must be packaged and shipped in accordance with US Department of Transportation and International Air Transport Association regulations. Specimens include any animal material, including blood and it’s components, excreta, secreta, tissue, and tissue fluids.

Avian Infuenza Samples:

  • Sample must be submitted in numerical order according to submission paperwork. Out-of-order sample will be rejected.
  • Please do not tape over sample labels.
  • Samples must arrive in biohazard shipping bags, such as those manufactured by Saf-T-Pak.
  • Use the Avian Influenza submission form.

Veterinary diagnostic samples for Equine Infectious Anemia testing

How do I ship my diagnostic specimens to the lab?

Proper packaging of diagnostic specimens includes four basic requirements:

  • Watertight primary receptacle
  • Watertight secondary receptacle
  • Absorbent material
  • Sturdy outer packaging with proper labeling.

Liquid specimens must be leak-proof. To prevent contact between multiple fragile primary containers individually wrap or separate each and place inside a leak-proof secondary receptacle. Place absorbent material between the primary and secondary receptacle, making sure that multiple primary receptacles are individually wrapped to prevent contact. Use enough absorbent material to absorb the entire contents of all primary receptacles. Clearly label the outside of the box with the lettering “UN3373 Biological Substances, Category B

“Improper shipment of specimens can result in shipping delays and possible damage or loss of your valuable specimens”

Submission Paperwork

EHL requires taht all specimens include a properly completed sample submission form. This ensures that your specimens are accurately accessioned, analyzed and reported. For your convenience EHL’s Submission Form is available online.
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Where Do I Ship My Samples?

Ship samples via overnight mail, FedEx overnight or Goldstreak to:

State of Alaska
Environmental Health Laboratory
5251 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99507
Attn: Eagle Express Courier

Contact the EHL Sample Receiving department at 907-375-8231, or via email us at immediately upon shipment of samples. Please include waybill number.

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