Haemophilus influenzae characterisation

Registry Details

Area Health Science
Lab name Invasive Pathogens Laboratory
Lab location Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua
Test name Haemophilus influenzae characterisation
Organisms Haemophilus influenzae
Requested for surveillance yes
Notice required no
Culture requirements Pure culture
Media requirements Chocolate agar plate/slope
Pre-transport requirements Ambient temperature
Transport requirements Ambient temperature within 24 hours
Unacceptable sample types Mixed culture
How results reported The report includes confirmation of identification of the organism and results of PCRs for Hib gene detection. Results for invasive isolates are notified electronically to EpiSurv.
Referral link Form


Isolates of Haemophilus influenzae from normally sterile sites are referred to the laboratory for characterisation and disease surveillance.

Until the introduction of the vaccine against H. influenzae serotype b (Hib) in 1994, Hib was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in unvaccinated infants in New Zealand. Incidences of Hib infection in New Zealand are now extremely rare.