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Shigella serotyping and biotyping

Enteric Reference Laboratory


Health Science

Lab name

Enteric Reference Laboratory

Lab location

Wallaceville Science Centre, Upper Hutt

Test name

Shigella serotyping and biotyping


Shigella species

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Routine turnaround time

10 days

Sample requirements

Pure culture

Media requirements

Nutrient agar slope

Pre-transport requirements

Ambient temperature

Transport requirements

Ambient temperature

Unacceptable sample types

Mixed cultures will not be tested

How results reported

The Shigella species and serotype identified is reported. For isolates of Shigella sonnei, a biotype is also reported based on biochemical reactions.Where PCR has been carried out the report will indicate the presence or absence of the vir A and ipai

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