Francisella tularensis — Specimen Source
May be isolated from:
- Bronchial washings
- Lymph nodes
- 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.