Streptococcus pneumoniae serological typing

Registry Details

Area Health Science
Lab name Streptococcal Reference Laboratory
Lab location Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua
Test name Streptococcus pneumoniae serological typing
Organisms Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus)
Requested for surveillance yes
Notice required no
Culture requirements Pure culture
Media requirements Chocolate agar slope or blood agar plate
Pre-transport requirements Ambient temperature
Transport requirements Ambient temperature within 24 hours
Unacceptable sample types Mixed culture
How results reported The serotyping results are reported to each referring laboratory on a monthly basis. If a result is required sooner in order to inform public health or clinical decision making please contact the laboratory at Results for invasive isolates are notified electronically to EpiSurv.
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Pneumococcal isolates from normally sterile sites are referred for characterisation and disease surveillance. Information on the serotype distribution among invasive isolates helps in the evaluation of vaccine effectiveness.