Spa Typing

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Spa typing of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.


Test Category:
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Necrotizing pneumonia
  • Skin and soft tissue infections

Pure culture.

Collection Method:


Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Send cultures as growth on culture medium or in transport medium.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods:

Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.

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Patient Criteria:


Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections Requisition.



Methods and Interpretation of Results:

Spa typing is a sequence based method. Spa types are generated according to Ridom nomenclature and compared to a national database.

Turnaround Time:

10 calendar days if request is urgent, otherwise, 30 calendar days batched routine.

Phone: (204) 789-5000
Fax: (204) 789-5020
  1. Golding GRCampbell JLSpreitzer DJVeyhl JSurynicz KSimor AMulvey MR. Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program (CNISP). 2008. A preliminary guideline for the assignment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to a Canadian pulsed-field gel electrophoresis epidemic type using spa typing. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. (4):273-81.
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