Botulism Laboratory Confirmation
Order in NUlirt or complete NPHL Test Order Form with
Supplemental Forms  –  CDC Submission Form: Specimens of Human Origin


Botulinum toxin, Clostridium botulinum


Mouse Bioassay, Mass Spectrometry (MS), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR),


Monday – Thursday.



  Collection Device:

See additional Information.
Specimen Labeling: Test subject to CLIA regulations and required 2 patient identifiers on specimen container and requisition forms


See website listed above


Prior to and during shipment:  Refrigerate 2-8°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.
Ship in insulated box on frozen gel-packs. Place packing list or other paperwork on top of Styrofoam and lid. Mark out rigid 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: http://nphl.org
NUlirt packing list or appropriate paperwork (completed in entirety) must accompany specimens.


Incorrect storage and/or spoilage of food may affect results.

  Specimen Stability:

Stable at Refrigerated 2-8°C.  Ship as soon as possible

  Reference Interval:  
  Reportable Disease:

Disease positive test is reportable immediately to local health department via phone


<p>Hospitals must obtain approval from their state health department prior to submitting specimens to NPHL.<br />
Test Performed at the CDC</p>

  Revised: 3/21/2021