Marburg Virus  

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: Marburg Virus
  • Pre-approval needed from state or local health department
  • Contact NPHL emergency pager (402) 888-5588 before sending specimen
Synonym: Marburg Virus, MVD, Marburg Virus Disease, Marburg hemorrhagic fever  
Method: CDC Laboratory Response Network Methods  
Availability: Monday - Friday Turnaround time 12 hours  
Specimen: Whole Blood  
Collection Device:
  • EDTA (lavender) tube
  • Test subject to CLIA regulations and requires 2 patient identifiers on container and requisition forms
  • Requested volume: 4 mL
  • Minimum volume: 0.2 mL
  • For shipping, see Category A instructions
  • Contact NPHL emergency pager for guidance (402) 888-5588
  • Seal tubes with Parafilm or tape and place in biohazard bag with absorbent material
  • NUlirt packing list or approprate paperwork (completed in entirety) must accompany specimens
  • Leaking container
  • Inapproprate specimen type
  • Insufficient volume
Specimen Stability:
  • Stable at 2-8 °C for 7 days
Reference Interval:  
Reportable Disease:  
  • Contact NPHL emergency pager before sending specimen (402) 888-5588
Revised: 4/3/2024 
If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459.