Rickettsia typhi (Typhus Fever) Antibody, IgG by IFA
Ordering Recommendation

Confirm presence of Rickettsia typhi. Panel test (IgG and IgM) is preferred. Requires comparison of acute- to convalescent-phase serology.

Semi-Quantitative Indirect Fluorescent Antibody
1-3 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Serum Separator Tube (SST). 
Specimen Preparation
Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.3 mL) Parallel testing is preferred and convalescent specimens must be received within 30 days from receipt of the acute specimens. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Contaminated, hemolyzed, or severely lipemic specimens. 
Mark specimens plainly as "acute" or "convalescent." 
After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles) 
Reference Interval
Less than 1:64Negative - No significant level of IgG antibody detected.
1:64-1:128Equivocal - Questionable presence of IgG antibody detected.  Repeat testing in 10-14 days may be helpful.
1:256 or greaterPositive - Presence of IgG antibody detected, suggestive of current or past infection.

Interpretive Data
Antibody reactivity to Rickettsia typhi antigen should be considered group-reactive for the Typhus Fever group, which includes Rickettsia prowazekii.

Seroconversion between acute and convalescent sera is considered strong evidence of recent infection. The best evidence for infection is a significant change (fourfold difference in titer) on two appropriately timed specimens, where both tests are done in the same laboratory at the same time. Acute-phase specimens are collected during the first week of illness and convalescent-phase samples are generally obtained 2-4 weeks after resolution of illness. Ideally these samples should be tested simultaneously at the same facility. If the sample submitted was collected during the acute phase of illness, submit a marked convalescent sample within 25 days for paired testing.

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Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0050381Typhus Fever Antibody, IgG5324-9
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