Species: 
All Species (exc. primates)
Diagnostic Section: 
Bacteriology
Shipping Requirements: 
Submit in a dry container such as a red top tube, Whirl-Pak® or Ziploc® bags. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Ship overnight or 2-day.
Test Fee: 
$24.00
Setup Days: 
Monday-Friday
Turn Around Time: 
14 days*
Specimen Requirements: 

Affected areas of hair, scab, skin; beaks, claws, feathers, toenails are also acceptable.  Swabs are not suitable for culturing dermatophytes.  Sufficient material should be submitted to perform a KOH exam.

Collection Protocol: 

Specimen should be taken after first cleaning the area with 70% alcohol or a non-medicated, non-fungicidal soap.  Specimen may be obtained by plucking hair with scabs, scraping nail bed or skin with scalpel blade

Additional Information: 

*Turn around time for a dermatophyte culture is a minimum of 14 days for a negative (no growth) to 30 days for a positive.  Care should be taken obtaining specimen(s) as common zoophilic dermatophytes can infect humans.