Please refer to Annex 1 for specific guidelines
All specimens referred for serological testing assays should:
- Have a minimum volume of 1.0 ml.
- Be maintained at temperatures within the range of 40C to -200C.
- Be contained in appropriate vials that do not exceed the dimensions of 1.5 cm diameter and 4.7 cm in height e.g. Nunc vial. Only vials with external threads are to be used.
NOTE: Do not send specimens in glass tubes or internally threaded/snap cap tubes
Specimens Submitted Under the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI)
Please check with the EPI manager in-country to ensure appropriate recording of samples prior to submission to CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory for the vaccine preventable diseases covered under the EPI elimination or eradication programme (Measles, Mumps, Polio and Rubella).