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Corynebacterium diphtheriae and Corynebacterium ulcerans toxin gene detection

Health testing

All isolates of C. diphtheriae and C. ulcerans are notifiable until toxigenicity is determined, including cutaneous isolates.


Health Science

Lab name

Special Bacteriology Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

Corynebacterium diphtheriae and C. ulcerans toxin testing


Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Corynebacterium ulcerans

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Sample requirements

Pure viable culture

Pre-transport requirements

Ambient temperature

Transport requirements

Send at ambient temperature without delay

Unacceptable sample types

Mixed culture, non-viable culture

How results reported

PCR results for toxin gene detection are reported to the referring laboratory and notified electronically to EpiSurv.

Referral link