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Miscellaneous Bacterial Isolate Identification

Excludes Enterobacteriaceae, Vibrionaceae, and Mycobacteria

Pre-Approval Required


Supplemental Information or Form

1.     Completed submittal form with 2 patient identifiers (e.g. name and date of birth), collection date and source, a brief but complete patient history, cultural history and submitting laboratory’s findings

2.    Documentation that indicates the role of this isolate in clinical disease

Performed on Specimens from

Various - generally a sterile source

Acceptable Sample Type for Testing

A pure, viable subculture of bacterial isolate

Minimum Volume Required


Storage & Preservation of Sample Prior to Shipping


Transport Medium

Tubed agar medium with a secured screw cap

Sample Labeling

Patient's name, date of subculture, and organism suspected

Shipping Instructions which Include Sample Handling Requirements

1.    Grow isolate under appropriate conditions and verify purity prior to shipping

2.    Ship at ambient temperature using appropriate DOT/IATA approved shipping procedures

Test Methodology

As needed - Biochemical testing, Gene Sequencing by PCR, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry

Turnaround Time

1 month

Interferences & Limitations

Mixed or nonviable culture

Additional Information

Please contact the MDL Bacterial Diseases Section (Reference Bacteriology Unit) for special consideration if any of the above criteria cannot be met.

MDL Points of Contact

Reference Bacteriology Unit (510) 412-3903

Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM PT

Emails: robin.hogue@cdph.ca.gov or josie.joaquin@cdph.ca.gov

Last modified on: 8/26/2015 3:51 PM