Microbiology


Leptospirosis Serology

Specimen

Blood sample (serum)

Specimen container

Gold top clotted (5ml)

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.

Availability

Sent to Reference Laboratory

Processing Time

7 days

Reference

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

Specimen Labelling Procedure