Rickettsia Molecular Detection (CDCSO)  

IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to NPHL@unmc.edu 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: Rickettsia Molecular Detection  
  • Rickettsiosis, spotted fever group rickettsiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis, African tick bite fever, Pacific coast tick fever, rickettsialpox, typhus group rickettsiosis, flea-borne typhus, epidemic (louse-borne) typhus
  • See CDC Test Directory for methodology, specimen types, collection and stability, labeling, volume, interferences and limitations, and turnaround times
  • CDC Test Code CDC-10402
  • Monday - Thursday
  • Submint all specimens for CDC through the state health departments, NOT directly to the CDC. The CDC does not accept routine shipments on weekends or holidays. Therefore, ship to NPHL on Monday through Thursday to guarentee arrival at the CDC by Friday
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  • Test performed at the CDC. Submit all specimens to the CDC through NPHL, NOT directly to the CDC
Revised: 4/23/2024 
If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459.