Language Selection



<<Return to Laboratory

*Accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to Laboratory no. 594 (ISO/IEC 17025)

Requisition Forms

Reference Details


Identification of suspected Vibrio species.

Test Category:
Phenotypic and Molecular Identification
Vibrio spp.
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Cholera
  • Virbriosis

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

Collection Method:

Isolate provided on appropriate culture medium for Vibrio species.

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Send as growth on appropriate culture medium or in appropriate transport medium.  Culture vessel should be leak-proof or sealed appropriately.

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)

Genotypic Identification


Note: All Vibrio cholerae will be referred for serotyping, subtyping and toxin testing.

  1. Laboratory Methods for the Diagnosis of Cholera Vibrio and Other Vibrios. 1991. Institut Pasteur 28, rue du Docteur-Roux 75724 PARIS CEDEX 15 - FRANCE.
  2. MALDI-TOF results analysed using the most current Bruker Biotyper database.
Turnaround Time:

21 calendar days.  Note: Turnaround times for routine isolates may be extended during major foodborne outbreak activities or due to limited availability of resources.

Phone #: (204) 789-6009
Fax: (204) 789-5012