Coxiella burnetii  

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: Coxiella burnetti  
Synonym: Q Fever  
Method: CDC Laboratory Response Network methods  
  • Contact NPHL emergency pager (402) 888-5588
  • Test performed Monday-Friday
  • Turnaround time 1-3 days
Specimen: Isolates, clinical specimens (blood, serum, tissues)  
Collection Device:
  • Isolate on media slant or plate
  • Test subject to CLIA regulations and requires 2 patient identifiers on container and requisition forms
Volume: Minimum volume for liquid clinical samples: 1 mL  
  • For shipping specimens see Category A instructions 
  • Seal tubes with Parafilm™ or tape and place in a biohazard bag
  • NUlirt packing list or appropriate paperwork (completed in entirety) must accompany specimens
Unacceptable: Leaking container, inappropriate speciment type, insufficient volume  
Specimen Stability: Stable at ambient air 15-25 ºC  
Reference Interval:  
Reportable Disease:  
Comments: Contact NPHL emergency pager before sending specimen (402) 888-5588  
Revised: 3/14/2024 
If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459.