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Salmonella - Confirmation and Serotyping
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS
Specimen Type:

​Pure viable subculture of organism on media that supports the growth

Container/Kit:

​Pure bacteria in appropriate agar plate, tube or swab for identification and speciation.

Collection information:

​None

Minimum volume required:

​None

Requisition:

​Complete all fields of the Reference Bacteriology Requisition for identification and speciation.

Ensure the following fields are completed:

• Test/s Requested
• Culture Information
• Clinical/epidemiological information

Limitation:

​None

SPECIMEN HANDLING
Preparation prior to transport:

​Place specimen container in a biohazard bag and seal. Specimens should be stored at 2-8°C following collection and shipped to PHOL on ice packs.

Special Instructions:

​None

TEST INFORMATION

​Specimens are tested by conventional bacterial culture. Bacterial identification includes biotyping and serotyping procedures.

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing is routinely performed on Salmonella Typhi and Salmonella Paratyphi only and for clinical indications (from blood or sterile sites, infants < 1 year old, immuno-compromised patients, hospitalized patients—if documented).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
TESTING FREQUENCY AND TURNAROUND TIME (TAT)

​Salmonella confirmation and serotyping are performed Monday to Friday.

TAT is up to 10 days.

REPORTING

​Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.

Specimens that are positive for Salmonella are reported to the Medical Officer of Health as per the Health Protection and Promotion Act.


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