Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin – EIA

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Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

Test Requested Required Requisition(s) Specimen Type Minimum Volume Collection Kit

C. perfringens Screen Test

Loose or watery stool

2.0 ml1,2

Sterile container without preservative –  Enteric Outbreak Kit (White –Virology/ Toxin Testing) – Kit Order # 390036

Submission and Collection Notes


Collect a minimum of 2. 0 ml of liquid faeces or add faeces up to the fill line indicated. DO NOT overfill.


Select from different sites of the faeces; preferably blood, mucus or pus.


Only one sample per patient is tested per collection date.

Storage and Transport

Label the specimen container with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay.

Special Instructions

Follow the instructions found in the Enteric Outbreak Kit Instruction Sheet under the Virology/Toxin – WHITE capped vial.

Place specimen in a biohazard bag and seal. The stool specimen should be received in the laboratory and processed within the same day of collection; otherwise, specimen must be frozen (indicate the date frozen on the requisition) and shipped on ice packs.

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)

Clostridium perfringens testing is performed every Wednesday.

Turnaround time is up to 8 days.

Test Methods

Clostridium perfringens stool specimens are tested by Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) method.


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

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Updated 20 July 2020