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Neisseria meningitidis isolate characterisation

Health testing

If a result is required in order to inform public health or clinical decision making, please contact the laboratory at



Health Science

Lab name

Meningococcal Reference Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

Neisseria meningitidis isolate characterisation


Neisseria meningitidis

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Sample requirements

Pure viable culture

Media requirements

Chocolate agar

Pre-transport requirements

Ambient temperature

Transport requirements

Ambient temperature within 24 hours

Unacceptable sample types

Mixed culture, non-viable culture

How results reported

Grouping and PorA results from notified cases are reported to the referring laboratory and notified electronically to EpiSurv.

Referral link