Blood collected in a red- or gold-topped tube OR CSF sent in a sterile,leak-proof container.
1 tube of blood; 1-2 mL CSF
1 tube of blood; 0.5 mL CSF
Send to the lab immediately at room temperature. For CSF, if transport is delayed greater than an hour, refrigerate or freeze specimen and send on ice.
Grossly hemolyzed specimens will not be accepted.