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mecA and mecC gene PCR

Antibiotic Reference Laboratory

Demonstration of the presence of the mecA gene by PCR.

The test is appropriate for isolates with borderline oxacillin susceptibility to confirm mecA-mediated oxacillin resistance and to differentiate mecA-mediated oxacillin resistance from other mechanisms of oxacillin resistance (for example, hyperproduction of β-lactamase).



Health Science

Lab name

Antibiotic Reference Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

mecA gene PCR


Staphylococci with borderline oxacillin susceptibility

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Routine turnaround time

6 working days for reference specimens

Sample requirements

Pure culture

Media requirements

A slope of any medium that supports the growth of the organism

Pre-transport requirements

Ambient temperature

Transport requirements

Ambient temperature

Unacceptable sample types

Clinical specimens will not be accepted.

How results reported

The results will state whether the mecA gene was detected

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