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Legionella isolation from clinical specimens

Health testing


Health Science

Lab name

Legionella Reference Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

Legionella isolation from clinical specimens


Legionella Species

Turnaround time

10 working days

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Sample requirements

Lower respiratory tract samples including bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, bronchialwashing,trans-tracheal aspirate, lung biopsy or post mortem tissue. Other respiratory tract samples including deep throat swab from trachea, expectorated sputum, induced sputum

Pre-transport requirements

5 ± 3°C within 24 hours

Transport requirements

5 ± 3°C within 24 hours

Unacceptable sample types

 Sputolysin-treated sputum sample

How results reported

Presence or absence indicating whether or not the organism was isolate. If present, then the identity to species and serogroup level will be reported.

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