Staphylococcal exfoliative toxins A and B gene PCR

Registry Details

Area Health Science
Lab name Nosocomial Infections Laboratory
Lab location Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua
Test name Staphylococcal exfoliative toxins A and B 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 exfoliative genes were detected
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Strains of Staphylococcus aureus producing one or both of two immunologically distinct exfoliative toxins A or B have been associated with a series of impetiginous staphylococcal diseases referred to as staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. Exfoliative toxins A and B have identical biological activity and a degree of genetic similarity.