Preparing an information sheet to accompany sample
What should be included
The following information should be put on a sheet of paper accompanying the sample:
- Name, address and telephone number, printed to ensure legibility
- Number of sample jars/bags being sent, and the number of hives being sampled
- The code number used to identify each hive and mark each sample
- Description of the AFB symptoms (if appropriate)
- Type of test required
Phone the laboratory before sending anything
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