An extensive collection of isolates for some bacterial pathogens are available through the Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs) Isolate Bank. Consult the Isolates Currently Available webpage before filling out this form.
Isolate bank custodians (at CDC) review requests for isolates prior to approval and release. CDC strictly enforces a limited distribution policy that prohibits the secondary distribution of ABCs isolates to third-party researchers. CDC charges $80 per isolate used by for-profit organizations. All requestors are required to pay shipping fees. The CDC & ATSDR Specimen and Inventory Retrieval System (CASPIR) stores and ships the isolates.
To request isolates, please fill out the following information and provide a 1 to 2 page summary document as described below.
Isolate Request Form
(All fields are required)
Shipping address for sending isolates:
In 2-3 sentences, please describe the main objective(s) of your research
Please provide a 1 to 2 page summary document (in Word format) that includes the following sections:
- Name and affiliation
- Public health importance
- Scientific methods (Please include the following, where applicable: specific pathogen, serotypes, years and number of isolates, and any epidemiologic data (infection type, age, etc.) that you are requesting.)
- Plans for publications, if any
- Biohazard issues
- Projected timeline to complete project
Please select the file to be attached
If CDC approves the request, CDC will send a Material Transfer Agreement (non-profit institutions) and User Fee Agreement (for-profit institutions only) for your completion. Both documents require a limit on dissemination of the bacterial isolates and include an agreement to acknowledge the source of these isolates. Acknowledgment for ABCs will be in the following standardized format: Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs)/Emerging Infections Programs (EIP) Network.
All questions may be directed to: ABCsIsolateBank@cdc.gov.