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Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis Subtyping

Pre-Approval Required

With the exception of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, consultation with the Foodborne & Waterborne Diseases Section is required prior to submission of isolates

Supplemental Information or Form

Bacterial Culture for Identification Form “LAB 446” is required for submission of samples

Performed on Specimens from

Human source

Acceptable Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Pure isolate

Minimum Volume Required


Storage & Preservation of Specimen Prior to Shipping

Store at ambient temperature

Transport Medium

Ship cultures on nonselective nutrient or similar agar in tubes with leak-proof screw cap closures.

Specimen Labeling

Test subject to CLIA regulations require two patient identifiers on the specimen container and the test requisition

Shipping Instructions which Include Specimen Handling Requirements

Ship at ambient temperature

Test Methodology

Genetic Identification

Turnaround Time

4 weeks

Interferences & Limitations


Additional Information


MDL Points of Contact

Foodborne & Waterborne Diseases Section (510) 412-3796

Last modified on: 1/7/2015 1:57 PM