Staphylococcal enterotoxins A-E gene PCR

Registry Details

Area Health Science
Lab name Nosocomial Infections Laboratory
Lab location Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua
Test name Staphylococcal enterotoxins A-E gene PCR
Organisms Staphylococcus aureus
Requested for surveillance no
Notice required no
Routine turnaround time 4 working days for reference specimens
Culture requirements Pure culture
Media requirements A slope of any medium that supports the growth of the organism
Pre-transport requirements Ambient temperature
Transport requirements Ambient temperature
Unacceptable sample types Clinical specimens will not be accepted.
How results reported The result will state whether and which enterotoxin genes were detected
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The staphylococcal enterotoxins are recognised agents of staphylococcal food poisoning and may be involved in other types of infection with sequelae of shock in humans and animals. Several major antigenic types of staphylococcal enterotoxins have been recognised. This test identifies by PCR the presence of the genes for staphylococcal enterotoxins A, B, C, D and E.