Legionella culture identification

Registry Details

Area Health Science
Lab name Legionella Reference Laboratory
Lab location Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua
Test name Legionella culture identification
Organisms Any presumptive Legionella isolate
Requested for surveillance yes
Notice required no
Routine turnaround time 5 working days
Culture requirements Pure culture
Media requirements BCYE-α plate or slope
Pre-transport requirements Send without delay
Transport requirements Culture isolates must be sent in a sealed container at ambient temperature on solid media
Unacceptable sample types Mixed culture will delay result reporting
How results reported Identification to the species and serogroup level for Legionella bacteria. Non-Legionella bacteria will not be identified.
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Basic biochemistry tests including iron salts & L-cysteine dependence. Gram-staining and growth studies are also carried out.

Identity of Legionella species and serogroup is determined using a panel of species-specific labelled antibodies and/or molecular methods.


Information sheet on Legionella and Legionellosis [PDF, 137 KB]