Listeria monocytogenes characterisation

Registry Details

Area Health Science
Lab name Special Bacteriology Laboratory
Lab location Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua
Test name Listeria monocytogenes characterisation
Organisms L. monocytogenes
Requested for surveillance yes
Notice required no
Culture requirements Pure culture
Pre-transport requirements Ambient temperature
Transport requirements Send at ambient temperature without delay
Unacceptable sample types Mixed culture
How results reported The report will contain the serotyping result. Results are notified electronically to EpiSurv.
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Serotyping is performed routinely and can be useful in an outbreak situation as an initial discriminatory test to link cases and suspected food. Results are reported and notified electronically to EpiSurv as soon as possible after receipt of the sample to assist the response.

By arrangement, genotyping can be performed on isolates from a suspected outbreak. Please contact the laboratory at