All species, excluding primates
Diagnostic Section: 
Test Fee: 
Setup Days: 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Turn Around Time: 
2-7 days
Shipping Requirements: 
Label all samples. Ship overnight with cold packs in an insulated container. Serum can be shipped refrigerated or frozen, Whole blood can only be shipped refrigerated. Ship Monday-Thursday only. Glass or plastic tube with no anticoagulant additives.
Specimen Requirements: 

1 mL serum

Collection Protocol: 

Collect serum from clotted blood in a non-additive tube (e.g. plain red top or serum separator). When possible, transfer clear serum off the clot into a new tube. Excessively hemolyzed or lipemic samples are not acceptable for this test.

Additional Information: 

Detection of Coccidioides IgM serum antibodies against the TP antigen by agar get immunodiffusion. The presence of IgM anitbodies directed against the TP antigen indicate recent, active infection. These are primarily IgM antibodies which appear within several days of infection. The IgM antibody AGID test is usually positive within 1 week after infection and reverts to negative within a few months. Test performed Monday-Wednesday. Results available three days after receipt if specimen is received by 5 pm the day prior to testing, otherwise specimen is held until next scheduled testing day.