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Leptospiral PCR

Microbiology


 

Specimen

Plasma EDTA blood – 1st week of illness

Plasma EDTA blood  + urine – 2nd week of illness

Specimen container

EDTA (pink top) 6ml

Sterile universal (white top)

Special Instructions

The microscopic agglutination test (MAT) is the gold standard for detection of agglutinating antibodies that may be present from 5 days after disease onset. It is necessary to test 2 samples taken 7 days apart. If the patient presents in the first week of the disease, in addition to serum, send EDTA blood for Leptospirosis PCR.

Test Usage

Diagnosis of Leptospirosis.

  • Please state patient’s occupation or relevant leisure activities
  • Please give details of relevant symptoms
  • Please state date of onset of symptoms

Availability

Sent to Reference Laboratory

Processing Time

7 days

Reference

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/leptospira-reference-unit-services

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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