Serotyping

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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:
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Septicaemia
  • Bacteremia
  • Cellulitis
  • Epiglottitis
  • Inner ear infections
  • Meningitis
Specimen:

Pure culture.

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.

For additional guidance on the transport of infectious substances in other languages, please click on the link below.

http://www.who.int/ihr/capacity-strengthening/infectious-substances/en/

 

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 or (204) 789-6017
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.