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Legionella detection by PCR

Legionella Reference Laboratory

Area

Health Science

Lab name

Legionella Reference Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

Legionella detection by PCR

Organisms

Legionella species

Turnaround time

5-10 working days

Requested for surveillance

yes

Notice required

no

Sample requirements

Lower respiratory tract samples, including bronchial washing, expectorated sputum, induced sputum, trans-tracheal aspirate, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, lung biopsy or post-mortem tissue

Pre-transport requirements

All samples should be sent to the laboratory at 2-8°C within 24hrs of collection. For longer storage or delays in transportation, store frozen at -20°C and send samples frozen. Avoid freeze-thawing cycles.

Transport requirements

Send chilled (2-8C) within 24 hours

Unacceptable sample types

Positive or negative for the detection of Legionella

How results reported

Positive or negative for the detection of Legionella

Referral link

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