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Confirmation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus by PCR.

Test Category:
Molecular Detection
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:

PCR is used to confirm presence or absence of MRSA and the presence of mecC or PVL. Results are compared to a known Standard.

Turnaround Time:

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

Phone: (204) 789-5000
Fax: (204) 789-5020
  1. Al-Talib H, Yean CY, Al-Khateeb A, Hassan H, Singh K-K B, Al-Jashamy K, Ravichandran M. 2009. A pentaplex PCR assay for the rapid detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Panton-Valentine lekuocidin. BMC Microbiology 9: 113.
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