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IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to or call (402) 559-9444.

NPHL has moved to an electronic ordering system, NUlirt, and it is now the preferred method to order all tests. Once ordered, print a "batch list" (see NUlirt Guide).

Forms Required - Nulirt batch list or NPHL Test Request Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen to include the following information: symptoms and date of onset, pregnancy status, travel and vaccine history. Testing will not be performed without all required information.


  Test: Fungus Culture, Dermatophyte
Order in NUlirt or complete NPHL Test Order Form  
  Synonym: Fungal culture, skin, Fungus Dermatophyte Culture, Ringworm  
  Method: Standard reference procedure fungal dermatophyte culture.  
  Availability: Test performed Daily, Preliminary report at 2 weeks, final report at 4 weeks.  
  Specimen: Hair, nails or skin scrapings  
  Collection Device: In a sterile container or clean envelope.
Specimen Labeling: Test subject to CLIA regulations and requires 2 patient identifiers and specimen source on container.  

Prior to and during shipment:  Ambient 15-25°C

Shipping instructions, including specimen-handling requirements during transport:  Seal screw-top tubes with Parafilm™ or tape and place in biohazard bag with absorbent material.
Place specimen inside leak proof secondary container (biohazard bag and if transporting by air, use Tyvek™ Envelope) with adsorbent material. The secondary container must be packed inside an approved Category B shipping container filled with frozen gel-packs to keep specimen refrigerated. Position NUlirt packing list or NPHL Test Order form between secondary container and box lid. Seal with tape.  Label outer box as UN3373 Category B, Biological Substance. Transport by NPHL ground courier. If courier not available, ship by FedEx, UPS, or USPS (1st Class, Priority or Express Mail). Follow appropriate DOT/IATA Regulation Guidelines.  For assistance, call NPHL State Training Coordinator at (402) 559-3590.  
See instructions and shipping address:

NUlirt packing list or appropriate paperwork (completed in entirety) must accompany specimens.

  Unacceptable: Non-human  
  Specimen Stability: Stable at Ambient 15-25°C  
  Reference Interval: No fungi isolated.  
  Reportable Disease: Not Reportable  
  Comments: Pre-approval needed from state or local health department.  Send approval to or call (402) 559-9444.

Notification of positive results for mold is provided. 

Indicate suspected organism(s) and specimen site in NUlirt. Additional patient history may be helpful. Include the patient's occupation, history of travel or residence abroad, and any animal contact.   Notification of positive results for mold is provided. For specimen types other than hair, nail, or skin, see Culture, Fungus.

NUlirt packing list or NPHL Test Order Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen.  
  Revised: 6/9/2021 


If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406.