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Group A streptococcus emm typing

Streptococcal Reference Laboratory

Isolates of group A streptococcus from normally sterile sites, and from serious disease such as glomerulonephritis, necrotizing fasciitis, rheumatic fever, and septic arthritis, or from outbreaks of infection, are referred for characterisation and disease surveillance.



Health Science

Lab name

Streptococcal Reference Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

Group A streptococcus emm typing


Streptococcus pyogenes, Group A streptoccus

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Sample requirements

Pure viable culture

Pre-transport requirements

Ambient temperature

Transport requirements

Ambient temperature

Unacceptable sample types

Mixed culture, non-viable culture

How results reported

The emm type results are reported to the referring laboratory.

Referral link