Ebola Virus: Interim Guidance for Specimen Testing
Inquiries regarding suspect Ebola virus cases should be directed to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health at 608-267-9003 during office hours (M-F, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and 608-258-0099 after hours and weekends.
The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) can perform the RT-PCR test for Ebola virus. This is the same test being performed by more than 40 state and local public health laboratories and the CDC.
Testing for Ebola virus infection MUST be approved by the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Please contact 608-267-9003 during office hours (M-F, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and 608-258-0099 after hours and weekends.
DPH will work with healthcare facilities to have specimens delivered to WSLH.
Specimens must be packaged for transport as a Suspect Category A Infectious Substance. Each facility should have staff trained and certified in packaging these agents. Details can be found at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/packaging-diagram.html