Swab(s) should be
submitted in a sterile container such as a red top tube (dry or with a drop or two of sterile saline). Swabs submitted in gel media or bacterial media cannot
be used for PCR due to the inhibitory effects of the
Plastic leak-proof container, plastic or glass tube.
Label all samples. Ship on cold packs. Ship overnight.
The preferred type of swab is a Dacron or polyester swab with a plastic handle. A bacterial culture swab may be used, however do not place the swab in the bacterial media.