Laboratory: Microbial Reference
Test Description: Identification, confirmation and further characterization of Enteric pathogens for epidemiologic purposes. These pathogens include Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio, Yersinia
Order Approval Required? No
Specimen Type: Bacterial isolate on plate media or Cary Blair gel-swab
Collection Container: Cary Blair gel-swab or other media appropriate for Campylobacter growth
Optimal Volume: Not Applicable
Collection Guidelines: Not Applicable
Storage Container: Not Applicable
Storage Instructions: Plate media store at room temperature; Cary Blair gel-swab store at 2-8°C
Transportation Instructions: Room Temperature
Test Methodology: Conventional culture methods and molecular methods.
Additional Information: NA
Causes For Rejection:
- Samples with no name or identifier, mismatched samples and test request forms.
- Media that has expired prior to inoculation.
- Incorrect or broken transport media.
- Evidence of exposure to temperature extremes during transport.
Possible Results: Full isolate identification. Isolate may be forwarded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further testing if necessary.