Yersinia – Serology

Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

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

Yersinia serology, or Yersinia enterocolitica, or Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, or Yersinia Infections, or Yersinia spp., or Yersinia Full Panel

Whole blood or serum

5.0 ml whole blood or 1.0 ml serum

Vacutainer tubes (SST)

Submission and Collection Notes

1

Indicate symptoms and date of onset on the General Test Requisition Form if diagnostic testing is required.

Limitations

Haemolysed, icteric, lipemic or microbially contaminated sera or plasma are not recommended for testing.

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.

Special Instructions

 Centrifuge if using SST. Place specimen in biohazard bag and seal.

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)

Yersinia serology testing is performed once per week. 

Turnaround time is up to 42 days from receipt by PHO laboratory.

Reporting

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

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

Test Methods

Yersinia serology test is performed by in-house microplate agglutination test method.

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Updated 8 Nov 2019