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Diphtheria Culture

Microbiology


Specimen

Throat & Wound Swab

Specimen container

Charcoal transwab

Special Instructions

Consult Microbiologist immediately if suspected clinically. Do not remove membrane if present – there is a danger of asphyxiation. Diphtheria is a vaccine preventable disease and is now exceedingly rare in England & Wales (<10 cases per year). All recent cases have been associated with foreign travel, or contact with an overseas person, or laboratory-acquired.

Send wound swab if “tropical” travel associated skin ulceration, and write travel details on request form.

Availability

Tested at RD&E

Processing Time

24-72 Hours

Urgent Specimen Instructions

Contact Microbiology if this is suspected

Reference

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/diphtheria-guidance-data-and-analysis

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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