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Specimen Shipping

CDC is a designated WHO Measles Strain Bank and requests submission of viral isolates or clinical specimens from cases of measles for genetic characterization.

Viral isolates and clinical specimens arriving from outside of the USA will require a CDC Import Permit and Address Label, available upon request (a faxed copy is acceptable). A copy of the import permit must accompany the shipping documents. The import address label must be affixed to the outer shipping container. Please call, fax or e-mail CDC's Measles Virus Section to obtain a valid permit if the date has expired or if the permit has been lost.

It is important to notify the Measles Virus Section before shipping.

Tel: 404-639-1156 or 404-639-3512
Fax: 404-639-4187

Additional information for shipping specimens

Shipping address for CDC:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
DASH #81 Att: Dr. Bellini
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30333

Other sources of information for Measles surveillance
item Pan American Health Organization

Central Public Health Laboratory, UK

item Canada: Laboratory Centre for Disease Control
item Chile: Surveillance
item World Health Organization
Measles Initiative
Note: The links in this box lead outside the CDC site. Any links from these sites to nonfederal organizations links do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the federal government, and none should be inferred. CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at these links.

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