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spa typing

Health testing


Health Science

Lab name

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

 spa typing


Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA)

Turnaround time

8 working days for reference specimens

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


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 specimen types

Clinical specimens will not be accepted. Single methicillin-susceptible S. aureus isolates, that are not connected to any other isolates or situation, will not be typed.

How results reported

The type will be reported. For MRSA, the MRSA strain will also be reported if the isolate belongs to a recognised MRSA strain.

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