Haemophilus influenzae characterisation
|Lab name||Invasive Pathogens Laboratory|
|Lab location||Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua|
|Test name||Haemophilus influenzae characterisation|
|Requested for surveillance||yes|
|Culture requirements||Pure culture|
|Media requirements||Chocolate agar plate/slope|
|Pre-transport requirements||Ambient temperature|
|Transport requirements||Ambient temperature within 24 hours|
|Unacceptable sample types||Mixed culture|
|How results reported||The report includes confirmation of identification of the organism and results of PCRs for Hib gene detection. Results for invasive isolates are notified electronically to EpiSurv.|
Isolates of Haemophilus influenzae from normally sterile sites are referred to the laboratory for characterisation and disease surveillance.
Until the introduction of the vaccine against H. influenzae serotype b (Hib) in 1994, Hib was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in unvaccinated infants in New Zealand. Incidences of Hib infection in New Zealand are now extremely rare.