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Legionella culture identification

Health testing


Health Science

Lab name

Legionella Reference Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

Legionella culture identification


Any presumptive Legionella isolate

Turnaround time

5 working days

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Sample 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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