Plasma EDTA blood – 1st week of illness
Plasma EDTA blood + urine – 2nd week of illness
EDTA (pink top) 6ml
Sterile universal (white top)
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.
Diagnosis of Leptospirosis.
Sent to Reference Laboratory
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/leptospira-reference-unit-servicesSpecimen Labelling Procedure