Diagnose relapsing fever caused by various Borrelia species during the symptomatic phase of infection.
This test is designed to detect but not differentiate the nucleic acid from B. hermsii, B. miyamotoi, B. parkeri, and B. turicatae. Additional less-frequently encountered relapsing fever Borrelia species may also be detected, including B. recurrentis, B. coriaceae, B. theileri, B. lonestari, and B. anserina. A result of "Detected" indicates the presence of nucleic acid from any one of these species in the specimen.
Refrigerated (preferred) – 5 days
Ambient – 24 hours
Frozen – 1 week
Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)