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Plague  Lesson 7
 Veterinarian Issues

Laboratory Specimen Collection - Postmortem

  • Testing Performed
    • Fluorescent antibody
    • Culture
  • Specimens to Collect
    • Lymph node aspirate
    • Tissue samples
      • Lymph node
      • Liver
      • Spleen
      • Lung
      • Long bones can be collected from decaying carcasses for analysis of bone marrow.
    • Whole blood
  • Tissue samples should be placed in a clean container and kept chilled.
  • Do NOT use formalin or alcohol.
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