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Test Order Enteric Isolation - Primary Specimen

Pre-Approval Required

Consultation with the Foodborne & Waterborne Diseases Section (510) 412-3796, is required prior to submission of specimens. Specimens sent without prior approval will not be tested.

Supplemental Information or Form

Consult with Foodborne & Waterborne Diseases Section before submitting samples. Targeted organisms include Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Shiga-toxin Producing Escherichia coli (STEC), Yesinia, Vibrio, Aeromonas, and Plesiomonas shigelloides.

Form “LAB 414” is required for submission of samples.

Performed on Specimens From

Human source

Acceptable Sample/Specimen Type for Testing


Minimum Volume Required

1 gram or 1 mL

Storage & Preservation of Sample/Specimen Prior to Shipping

Store sample at 4°C


Buffered Glycerol Saline and Cary-Blair

Sample/Specimen Labeling

Testing 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

Enrichment, Isolation, Phenotypic Testing, Serotyping, PCR

Turnaround Time

4 weeks

Interferences & Limitations


Additional Information


MDL Points of Contact

MDL - Foodborne & Waterborne Diseases Section (510) 412-3796

Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM PT


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