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Listeria monocytogenes characterisation

Special Bacteriology Laboratory

Serotyping can be useful in an outbreak situation as an initial discriminatory test to link human cases and suspected food. If a result is required in order to inform public health or clinical decision making, please contact the laboratory at



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Lab name

Special Bacteriology Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

Listeria monocytogenes characterisation


Listeria monocytogenes

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Sample requirements

Pure viable culture

Pre-transport requirements

Ambient temperature

Transport requirements

Send at ambient temperature without delay

Unacceptable sample types

Mixed culture, non-viable culture

How results reported

The report will contain the serotyping result. Results are notified electronically to EpiSurv.

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