Neisseria meningitidis DNA characterisation

Registry Details

Area Health Science
Lab name Meningococcal Reference Laboratory
Lab location Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua
Test name Neisseria meningitidis DNA characterisation
Organisms N. meningitidis
Requested for surveillance yes
Notice required no
Culture requirements At least 40μL DNA extract
Pre-transport requirements Store below ‑20°C
Transport requirements Send at 5 ± 3°C within 24 hours
Unacceptable sample types Insufficient sample, clinical samples
How results reported

Grouping results are reported and notified electronically to EpiSurv as soon as possible after receipt of the sample to assist the public health response.

The final report contains the group and PorA type. Final results are notified electronically to EpiSurv.

See below for further reporting details.


Characterisation of meningococcal samples is important for the epidemiological surveillance of meningococcal disease.

Please refer DNA from clinical samples.

If a result is required in order to inform public health or clinical decision making, please contact the laboratory at