Francisella tularensis  

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.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459 for further clarification.


Test: Francisella tularensis  
Synonym: Tularemia, Rabbit Fever  
  • Contact the NPHL emergency pager 402.888.5588 for guidance if Francisella tularensis cannot be ruled out in the laboratory.
  • All manipulations of suspected Francisella tulerensis should be performed safely in the BioSafety Cabinet.
  • Perform only required LRN protocol to rule out & refer to potentially hazardous pathogens NPHLBenchGuide_FINAL20131221.pdf
Specimen: Culture  
Collection Device:  
  • Category A packaging according to DOT and IATA Category A UN2814 Guidlines.
  • Category A packages can only be transported by a Category A certified courier.
Specimen Stability:  
Reference Interval:  
Reportable Disease:  
Revised: 4/18/2023 
If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459.