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Legal case workup of Neisseria gonorrhoeae includes detection, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, molecular typing and other characterization tests that are determined on a case by case basis. 



Test Category:
Legal Case Workup
Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Gonorrhea

Pure culture.  Other specimen types may be accepted with proper rationale for testing or by prior approval from the Streptococcus and STI Unit.

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

Collection Method:


Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Pure Neisseria gonorrhoeae cultures can be transported in: i) Amies Clear Agar Gel Transport Swabs; ii) Chocolate Agar Slants that have been incubated at 35°C in a CO2 enriched atmosphere for 18-24 hours before transport; iii) BHI (Brain Heart Infusion) broth containing 20% glycerine, frozen at -80oC and shipped on dry ice.  Cultures MUST be shipped before the Wednesday of each week.

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:

Infection with N. gonorrhoeae.

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Program (GASP) –Canada requisition form with sender lab name, address and telephone number.  All patient information must be filled out including patient identifier (specimen reference #), date of birth and sex, type of specimen submitted, date collected, isolation site and test requested.  Test results to be included, if possible, are antimicrobial susceptibility values and beta-lactamase results.  Specimens submitted for legal cases MUST follow chain of custody protocols.  Please contact the laboratory to inquire about protocols.


This test is done only as a special request. Specimens submitted for legal cases MUST follow chain of custody protocols. Please contact the laboratory prior to sending specimens.

Methods and Interpretation of Results:

Please see individual information sheets for each test.

Turnaround Time:

Differs for each test. Please see individual test information sheets.

Phone #: (204) 789-6063; STI: (204) 784-5995
Fax: (204) 789-2140

Please see individual information sheets for each test.

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