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Francisella tularensis — Specimen Source

May be isolated from:

  • Blood
  • Sputum
  • Bronchial washings
  • Lymph nodes
  • Wounds
  • Skin lesion exudates

Note: These specimens present an exposure risk to the laboratorian. F. tularensis is highly infectious! Once this organism is suspected on the basis of clinical and/or laboratory information, do not perform additional testing. Send the isolate to the South Dakota State Laboratory for identification.

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