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Test Order Enterics for Referral to CDC

Pre-Approval Required

Consultation with the Foodborne & Waterborne Diseases Section (510) 412-3796, is required prior to submission of specimens

Supplemental Information or Form

Bacterial Culture for Identification Form AB 446 (PDF) is required for submission of samples

Performed on Specimens From

Human, Animal, Food/Environmental/Medical Devices/Biologics

Acceptable Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Specimens that are acceptable will be determined upon consultation

Minimum Volume Required


Storage & Preservation of Sample/Specimen Prior to Shipping

Storage and preservation dependent upon consultation


Transport medium is dependent upon consultation

Sample/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

Specifics of shipping will depend upon consultation

Test Methodology

Phenotypic Identification, Genetic Identification

Turnaround Time

Ten 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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