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Leptospiral PCR




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)

To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Search for: ‘Leptospira screen‘ or test code ‘LAB9324

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


Sent to Reference Laboratory

Processing Time

7 days



Specimen Labelling Procedure
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