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Shipping samples suspected of containing the Ebola virus?

STP-100
 

With the outbreak of Ebola and its potential to spread outside of the affected areas in West Africa, there is an increased concern that routine samples could potentially contain Ebola virus. It is important to understand that there is a lot of work that needs to be done before a sample can be declared as suspected Ebola and sent to the CDC. Please visit the CDC’s website for Ebola updates and directions before declaring a shipment as suspected Ebola.

 

For shipping purposes, the Transport regulations are very clear that any patient specimen known or suspected to contain the Ebola virus must be shipped as a Category A Infectious substance. For samples shipped to the CDC, the CDC recommends shipping the samples at 4°C or frozen. If your lab has been requested to obtain shipping systems capable of transporting suspected Ebola samples, please use the table below to make your selection.

 

NOTE: If you have Category A shippers available, Saf-T-Pak recommends you verify that they include the new Class 6 Infectious Substance label. Click here to see the new label. In the US, this new Class 6 label came into effect in 2011 and the old label is no longer accepted effective September 30, 2014.

 
Option: 1   Option: 2
STP-100
STP-100
STP-310
STP-310
STP-300
STP-300
STT-410-1000
STT-410-1000
STT-410-1000
STT-410-1000
 

Click the link below for the CDC’s Printable factsheet:
Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Patients with Suspected Infection with Ebola Virus Disease