Vigorously swab or brush lesions with two separate sterile dry polyester or Dacron swabs; At a minimum collect two specimens for preliminary and confirmatory testing. More than one lesion should be sampled, preferably from different locations on the body and/or from lesions with differing appearances. Break off end of applicator of each swab into a 1.5- or 2-mL screw-capped tube with O-ring or place each entire swab in a separate sterile container. Do not add or store in viral or universal transport media.
Specimens must be handled with 6.2 dangerous goods regulations
Specimens must be sent to MDHHS with IATA Dangerous good regulations 6.2
Test performed by MDHHS; confirmation testing is performed by the CDC if needed