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Test Compendium

8524: TICK IDENTIFICATION

Test Code

  • 8524

Test Synonym

  • TICK ID

Specimen Requirements

  • Miscellaneous

Container

  • Container- Screw Top, Tick, Sterile Container

Storage

  • Ambient Or Refrigerated

Turn Around Time

  • 1 day

Special Instructions

  • Tick in sterile container, alcohol preserved preferred

Additional Information

  • Tick/arthropod Identification, Insect should be dead and intact for proper identification. Add alcohol to a sterile container before removing tick for identification.

Specimen Stability

  • Until the tick it dries out. Can be submitted in alcohol.

Reference Range

  • Fasting Sex Message Lines Ref Ranges Unit of Measure
    Identification: Amblyomma species Tick (Lone Star Tick) This tick transmits Lyme borreliosis and Rocky MountainSpotted Fever, and has been implicated in the transmission of Tularemia.Identification: Ixodes species Tick Other than Ixodes scapularis (dammini), these ticks are not currently reported to transmit Lyme borrelosis. Amblyomma americanum tick is theprimary vector of both Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii, the agents of Ehrlichiosis, and has been reported as a vector for Tularemia. Dermacentor variabilis has been reported to transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), the disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsia.Ixodes scapularis, formerly Ixodes dammini, is the primary vector for Borrelia burgdorferi, the etiological agent for Lyme disease, and Babesia microti, the agent of Babesiosis.