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Legionella detection by PCR

Legionella Reference Laboratory


Health Science

Lab name

Legionella Reference Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

Legionella detection by PCR


Legionella species

Turnaround time

5-10 working days

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


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

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