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Identification of Campylobacter spp.

Test Category:
Phenotypic and Molecular Identification
Campylobacter spp.
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Campylobacteriosis

Isolate from urine, stool, blood, environmental, food, other.


Collection Method:

Isolate provided on appropriate culture medium with visible growth.

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Send as growth on appropriate culture medium or in appropriate 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.


Patient Criteria:

Gastroenteritis, septicemia, infection, other.

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Division of Enteric Diseases requisition form.




Methods and Interpretation of Results:

Phenotypic Identification (biotyping)*(1)

16S rRNA gene sequencing*(2)


Species-specific PCR based identification (C. jejuni*, C. coli*, C. fetus*) (4,5)

Whole genome sequencing based methodologies may be applied

  1. Minimal standards for describing new species belonging to the families Campylobacteraceae and Helicobacteraceae: Campylobacter, Arcobacter, Helicobacter and Wolinella spp. On, et. al., 2017. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. Dec;67(12):5296-5311.
  2. Sequences compared to the 16s rDNA database in NCBI and clustered using BioNumerics
  3. MALDI-TOF results analysed using the most current Bruker Biotyper database.
  4. PCR detection, identification to species level, and fingerprinting of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli direct from diarrheic samples. Linton et. al. 1997. J Clin Microbiol. Oct; 35(10): 2568–2572
  5. Evaluation of a PCR Assay for Identification and Differentiation of Campylobacter fetus subspecies. Hum et. al. 1997. Aust Vet J. 75:827-831

Please contact the laboratory using the information provided below for further information on specific interpretation guidelines.

Turnaround Time:

21 calendar days.

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