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Description:

Serotype determination of Haemophilus influenzae by agglutination, and PCR for serotype-specific and capsule transport genes.

Test Category:
Serotyping
Pathogen:
Haemophilus influenzae
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Cellulitis
  • Epiglottitis
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Meningitis
  • Septicaemia
  • Bacteraemia
  • Inner ear infections
Specimen:

Pure culture.

Specimens may be subject to rejection if they are not the appropriate sample type or are not accompanied by relevant patient information.

Collection Method:

N/A

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Send as growth on culture medium (preferred) or on a swab in transport medium. Cultures can be also shipped frozen on dry ice.

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:

Suspected invasive or non-invasive disease due to H. influenzae.

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Vaccine Preventable Bacterial Diseases requisition form including sender lab name, address and telephone number. Patient identifier (specimen reference #), date of birth and sex. Type of specimen, date collected and test requested. Vaccine history (if known).

Comments:

Serotype determination by molecular methods is used to confirm the findings of the agglutination result.

Methods and Interpretation of Results:

See reference below.

Turnaround Time:

30 calendar days.

Contact:
Phone #: (204) 789-2130
Fax: (204) 789-2018
References:
  1. Manual of Clinical Microbiology 9th edition. Edited by P. R. Murray, E. J. Baron, J. H. Jorgensen, M. L. Landry and M. A. Pfaller.