Chlamydia pneumoniae – Respiratory PCR
Health Unit staff should contact the public health laboratory if an outbreak is suspected prior to collection of samples.
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Nasopharyngeal Swab (NPS), or tracheal aspirates, or respiratory tract specimens
Swab in transport media provided in kit
Submission and Collection Notes
Timing of Specimen Collection
Preparation Prior to 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.
Specimens should be stored at 2-8°C following collection and shipped to PHO laboratory on ice packs.
Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)
Chlamydia pneumoniae testing is performed twice per week Monday to Friday.
Turnaround time is up to 5 days from receipt by PHO laboratory.
Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.
Chlamydia pneumoniae specimens are tested by a PCR – Polymerase Chain Reaction test that detects Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydia pneumoniae. The PCR is >99% specific.