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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

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Conventional Methods for Diagnosis of Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis

Slide 6

July 2010

The second conventional method for the diagnosis of ehrlichia and anaplasma is in vitro cultivation, which involves recovery of the organisms from blood or CSF in cell culture. This approach is uncommon, and is limited to a small number of specialty laboratories or state and national health department labs. While in vitro cultivation has high specificity, its use is limited by the fact that it requires the application of unique antibiotic-free cell culture media and highly trained personnel to perform testing, and it may require 2-6 weeks for the organisms to be detected by this method.

Conventional Methods for Diagnosis

 


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