Once you have your sampling supplies and the rats you’d like to test, prepare to collect oral swab samples. For these samples, you will attach your label to the outside of the 5ml tube. A reminder that the label you attach to your tube will be the same as the Sample Code you provided when ordering your test. Collect your sample by swabbing the inside of your rat(s) mouth and then cut off the cotton tip and place it into the tube. You can add up to ten swab tips in each tube.
Keep in mind: pooling samples will mean that a positive can’t be traced to which of the (up to) ten was positive. Ex: If only one of those rats has RBF, the whole test will be a positive result and all ten rats must be presumed positive. However, with the nature of how agents spread, it’s safe to assume that if one rat is positive, so are others.